Today the University of California expands the reach of its research publications by issuing a Presidential Open Access Policy, allowing future scholarly articles authored by all UC employees to be freely shared with readers worldwide. Building on UC’s previously-adopted Academic Senate open access (OA) policies, this new policy enables the 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. Comprising ten campuses, five medical centers, three national laboratories and nearly 200,000 employees, the UC system is responsible for over 2% of the world’s total research publications. UC’s collective OA policies now cover more authors than any other institutional OA policy to date.
Not a lot of commentary for you guys on this one. Obviously, for people who don’t have access to a large array of databases, its nice to see a larger array of academia available, particularly to those who would normally not be able to access it. We are fortunate to have good internet access for our students, even if we don’t have a larger array of digital resources.
On that note, you will notice there is now a little Pinterest button on the sidebar. I am attempting to collect freely available, good digital resources to be able to present to students later this semester or early next semester. It is ever ongoing, but I’m happy to take any and all suggestions for additions!