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UC Open Access Policy

The UC Open Access Policy and what it means for you

The UC Open Access Policy ( or was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and went into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014. The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository.

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What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) literature is:

  • digital,
  • online,
  • free of charge, and
  • free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

HowOpenIsIt? describes the open access spectrum.

There are two major approaches to OA:

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.

Most discussion about OA focuses on articles, but there is an increasing movement toward OA in monographs, data, software, online education, and other formats as well.

Source: Open Access Overview by Peter Suber

Image credit: .Bala on Flickr.  License:  CC BY-SA 2.0


Open Access Explained (8:24 video)

A collaboration between Right to Research Coalition and PhD Comics:

OA Background


Contact Us

For questions, comments or suggestions, please contact:

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