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On July 24, 2013, the University of California Academic Council voted to adopt an open access policy for Academic Senate faculty on 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.”

On October 23, 2015, the University of California further expanded the reach of its research publications by issuing a Presidential Open Access Policy.

Building on UC’s previously-adopted Academic Senate open access (OA) policies, this new policy enables the 10-campus university system and associated national labs to provide unprecedented access to scholarly research authored by clinical faculty, lecturers, staff researchers, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and librarians - just to name a few.

For more information on UC’s OA policies, 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 support participation in the UC Open Access Policies, including:

  • A robust publication management system to automate discovery of UC-affiliated publications and simplify deposit into UC’s eScholarship open access repository;
  •  A streamlined workflow for manually depositing articles into eScholarship (for those campuses not yet included in the publication management system); and
  •  A tool to support the generation of embargo, waiver, and addendum forms, at the author’s request.

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

Timeline for implementation

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

November 2013Manual 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)

November 2014Manual deposit implemented for remaining 7 UC campuses, contingent on Senate reviews
Jan-March 2015Publication management system launched for Senate faculty at UCSF, UCLA, UCI
September 2015Review of publication management system by UCOLASC (University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication)
Sept – Dec 2015Publication management system to be implemented for Senate faculty at remaining 7 UC campuses
Spring 2016Begin work on extending publication management system to include all UC employees covered by the Presidential Open Access Policy



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