Friday, October 30, 2015

Announcing New UC3 Director - John Chodacki

John Chodacki Named Director of the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library

October 29, 2015  |  Category:  Digital Preservation (UC3),Newsletter,Press Releases,Staff News  |  Author: Ivy Anderson
The California Digital Library is delighted to announce the appointment of John Chodacki as the new Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) effective October 19th, 2015.

John comes to the CDL from the Public Library of Science (PLOS) where, as Product Director, he was responsible for long-range product strategy and led key organization-wide initiatives in taxonomy development, data policy, and article-level metrics. Prior to joining PLOS, John held product development positions at numerous publishing and technology firms, including O’Reilly Media, VIZ Media, Zinio, Creative Edge, and Safari Books Online.
As Director of UC3, John will work with UC campuses and the broader community to ensure that CDL’s digital curation services meet the emerging needs of the scholarly community, including digital preservation, data management, and reuse. In this role, he will engage with the University of California libraries and other key stakeholders to inform UC3’s goals and activities. In addition, John will represent CDL in the global research community (funders, libraries, archives, publishers, researchers) and define and prioritize new and improved services for UC3.

John is well-known and respected within the publishing and scholarly communication communities for his product and technology leadership. He currently serves on committees of several leading organizations including CrossRef, CASRAI, and COUNTER focused on tracking the reach and impact of research outputs.
“I’m thrilled that John has joined the CDL to lead our digital curation efforts,” said Ivy Anderson, Interim Executive Director of the CDL. “John’s extensive product management experience, his track record of innovation, and his strong connections within the scholarly communications sector will bring valuable perspective to the further development of UC3’s portfolio of curation services.”

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and African American Studies from Grinnell College, a Masters in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, and a Certificate in Web Development and Design from Boston University.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

KU/OAPEN Press Release: Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books

 Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books 

The length of monographs and their level of treatment pose unique challenges in a search environment. Monographs generally describe mature work unlike journal articles, which usually describe early stage work. As a result, it can be hard to achieve a successful search experience for restricted access monographs, according to Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar.

After asking Acharya (co-founder of Google Scholar) why Google Scholar did not index monographs, Frances Pinter of Knowledge Unlatched (KU) says, “I realized that such challenges fall by the wayside with Open Access books.”  

Pinter explained that the dataset of 28 books from the KU Pilot was likely to be too small for Google to try out on open books. “So I told Anurag Acharya about OAPEN’s platform and its nearly 2,500 Open Access books,” says Pinter.

OAPEN and Knowledge Unlatched are pleased to announce that Google Scholar is now able to index Open Access books hosted by OAPEN.

Please find October 28, 2015 full press release here:

Best regards,

Christina Emery
Partnership Manager | Knowledge Unlatched

Winner: IFLA/Brill Award for Open Access 2014

Winner: Curtin University Award for Best Innovation in Education 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Announcing the University of California Presidential Open Access Policy - October 23, 2015

Today (October 23, 2015)  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.

Presidential Open Access Policy  (Signed October 23, 2015)

Learn more about open access policies and their implementations at UC:

Announced 26 October 2015 : Groundbreaking University of California policy extends free access to all scholarly articles written by UC employees, Office of Scholarly Communications, California Digital Library

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

UC Press Publishes 1st Luminos Titles & Announces Member Libraries

University of California Press Publishes First Monographs in Luminos, Announces Inaugural Luminos Member Libraries   -   October 13, 2015

With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production, and marketing as our traditional publishing programs, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared.

October 13, 2015 (Oakland, CA)—Today, we are happy to announce the culmination of the launch phase of an important new concept in monograph publishing, with the first five scholarly monographs open to the world, many more titles to come, and the first of our inaugural Luminos Member Libraries ready to support the transformation of monograph publishing.

“As an author writing about mass violence in the global south, I was intrigued by the option of making my insights available to broad publics, including in countries where, for a variety of reasons, paper copies cannot be as easily ordered as in Europe or North America,”
notes Joachim Savelsberg, author of the new Luminos title Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur.

Authors have been eager to publish in the Luminos program not only because it guarantees the same standards of excellence as all of UC Press’s programs, but also because of the opportunity to bring their work to the larger, global audiences that open access provides. As co-author Manuel Pastor has stated regarding their decision to publish Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas in Luminos, rather than in a more traditional format, “we have long valued our role as public intellectuals who are willing and indeed, eager, to bring ideas into the messy real world and participate in the debates that change lives—and this model is perfectly suited to that sort of effort. Moreover, the central messages of our book—that equity and opportunity are key for sustainable growth, that cross-sector conversations can bring new common ground, and that data deliberations in knowledge communities can forge productive solutions—are all really reflected in the open-access model Luminos is helping to pioneer. It’s a perfect fit for us and we’re proud to be part of this launch.”

Institutions of higher education have long advocated for open access responses to changes in scholarly communication as well as to the challenges they face meeting the ever-expanding information needs of their students, researchers, and faculty. In response, Luminos helps broaden access to scholarly content, and injects some much-needed sustainability into monograph publishing by sharing cost burdens across stakeholders. For each title published, UC Press makes a significant financial contribution, which is augmented by membership funds from Luminos Member Libraries. Each author is then asked to secure a title publication fee to cover the remaining costs. Any additional revenue from Luminos Member Libraries, as well as funds from optional purchase of print editions, help support a waiver fund for future Luminos authors. Together, this shared financial support helps ensure a sustainable monograph publishing ecosystem for authors, readers, institutions, libraries, and UC Press.

UC Press is proud to have the dedicated support of inaugural Luminos Member Libraries including University of Texas at Austin; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of California, San Diego.
For information on Luminos Member Library benefits, or to become a Luminos Member Library, please visit

According to UCLA’s University Librarian, Virginia Steel,  “Market forces have made it increasingly difficult for faculty, particularly early career, to publish scholarly monographs. As one solution to that problem, the UCLA Library strongly supports Luminos, which expands options for authors and increases discoverability and readership of published research, while maintaining rigorous academic publishing standards.”

“As a non-profit publisher, partner with scholars, and part of the world’s greatest public research university, we are committed to maximizing the reach and impact of the scholarship we publish” said Alison Mudditt, Director of UC Press. “UC Press is a leader in exploring how this important and distinctive vehicle for communication in the humanities and social sciences can not only be preserved but also reinvigorated as we move towards open, digital models, and we are proud of the resounding support for Luminos we have seen from authors, faculty, and from librarians around the world.”

University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers in the nation. For more than 120 years, it has championed work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. At a time of dramatic change for publishing and scholarship, UC Press collaborates with scholars, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today’s knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.

For more information on Luminos, visit or contact Lorraine Weston at

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for September 2015

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for September 2015

Below is an overview of the number of views and downloads for this month, along with links to your usage numbers from previous months and additional data. We feel that the combination of views and downloads gives a more accurate picture of the interest in and usage of your publications than is reflected in download counts alone, particularly given the enhanced access readers have to your publications prior to download in the eScholarship interface.

UC Irvine Previously Published Works

For this month your total requests = 7434 (views=5249, downloads=2185).

Breakdown By Item

Top Ten Articles Viewed and Downloaded - September 2015

Item Year ---- Number of Requests ---- Total Added to
Title Published Views Downloads Requests "My Items"
Beyond Looking for My Penis: Reflections on Asian Gay Male Video Porn 1999 141 1 142 0
Effects of a combination of beta carotene and vitamin A on lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. 1996 87 14 101 0
Sinusoidal heart rate pattern: Reappraisal of its definition and clinical significance 2004 51 8 59 0
Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory 2011 20 38 58 0
Science education. Changing the culture of science education at research universities. 2011 41 16 57 0
A Practice Theory Approach to Understanding the Interdependency of Nursing Practice and the Environment Implications for Nurse-Led Care Delivery Models 2015 20 35 55 0
Building the oral language skills of K-2 English Language learners through theater arts 2011 50 4 54 0
Zombies--A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness 2013 41 11 52 0
Flattening of the interventricular septum (D-shaped left ventricle) in addition to high right ventricular tracer uptake and increased right ventricular volume found on gated SPECT studies strongly correlates with right ventricular overload 2005 47 0 47 0
Tools for understanding and optimizing robotic gait training. 2014 31 13 44 0

More information about the UC Open Access Policy is available on the Open Access Policy pages.

Visit the Implementation Plan to learn more about the timeline for systemwide roll-out of the publication management system.