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On July 24, 2013, the University of California Academic Council voted to adopt an open access policy for all campuses. The terms of the policy included:

1. Faculty grant UC a “nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, for the purpose of making their articles widely and freely available in an open access repository.”

2. “Each Faculty member who does not permanently waive the license above will provide an electronic copy of his or her final version of the article to the University of California by the date of its publication, for inclusion in an open access repository. When appropriate, a Faculty member may instead notify the University of California if the article will be freely available in another repository or as an open access publication. Faculty members who have permanently waived the license may nonetheless deposit a copy with the University of California or elsewhere for archival purposes.”

For more information on the policy's adoption, visit the Office of Scholarly Communication website.


The Open Access Policy Implementation (OAPI) project is a partnership between the California Digital Library and UC campuses to build tools and services that will support participation in the UC Open Access Policy, including:

  • An enhanced and streamlined workflow for depositing articles into UC’s eScholarship open access repository
  • Automated publication harvesting and notification system for UC authors, to reduce the need for manual deposit
  • Support for the generation of embargo, waiver, and addendum forms, at the author’s request

Click here to learn more about the project components and how to navigate the wiki.

Timeline for implementation

For a detailed development roadmap, see our Project Scope & Timeline.

November 2013Faculty deposit implemented for UCSF, UCLA, UCI; OSC site released
October 2014

6-month review of OA Policy implementation by UCOLASC (University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication)

Harvesting tool launched for UCSF, UCLA, UCI

November 2014Faculty deposit implemented for remaining 7 campuses, contingent on Senate reviews
May 2015Review of harvesting tool by Academic Senate
September 2015Harvesting tool implemented for remaining UC campuses, contingent on Senate reviews, funding



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