Thursday, July 28, 2016

Final Report of the Pay It Forward project now available - July 28, 2016

The final report is now available of the Pay It Forward project, a joint research effort of the University of California at Davis and the California Digital Library to investigate a sustainable model of open access article processing charges for large North American research institutions.  The report and related materials can be found at:

We would like to thank our university research partners on the grant (Harvard University, Ohio State University, and the University of British Columbia, along with the nine remaining University of California campuses), as well as our industry partner organizations (Thomson-Reuters, Elsevier, and the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers), for their invaluable contributions to this effort.   The CDL/UC Davis project team is solely responsible for the findings and conclusions in the report.  We hope our work will make an authentic contribution to future developments in scholarly communication and look forward to a continuing robust discussion of these issues.

We especially thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this project.  


Ivy Anderson
Director of Collections
California Digital Library
University of California, Office of the President

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for June 2016

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for June 2016

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 = 10790 (views=7324, downloads=3466).

Breakdown By Item

Top Ten Articles Viewed and Downloaded - June 2016

ItemYear---- Number of Requests ----TotalAdded to
TitlePublishedViewsDownloadsRequests"My Items"
Retinal transplants restore visual responses in rats with photoreceptor degeneration.2016597660
Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory: a meta-analysis20143133640
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 overload2005620620
Building the oral language skills of K-2 English Language learners through theater arts2011552570
Corporate social responsibility as a source of employee satisfaction20123917560
Primary production of the biosphere: integrating terrestrial and oceanic components19982130510
Sinusoidal heart rate pattern: Reappraisal of its definition and clinical significance2004444480
Environmental enrichment as a therapy for autism: A clinical trial replication and extension2015416470
Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory20112421450
Estimates of global terrestrial isoprene emissions using MEGAN (Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature)20063213450

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Is it Time for Authors to leave SSRN? - Authors Alliance - July 17, 2016

Post from the Author Alliance blog:  Is it Time for Authors to leave SSRN?
Authors Alliance - July 17, 2016

"SSRN authors: you have not committed to SSRN. You can remove your papers from their service, and you can opt instead to make your work available in venues that show real commitment to the sharing, vetting, and refinement of academic work.
Just recently, SocArXiv—a new social sciences preprint archive built on the model pioneered in physics by arXiv—opened their doors to submissions. SocArXiv is supported by the University of Maryland, not run for profit, and formed with an explicit commitment to openness in academic writing. They are still in early days, but appear to be building a promising successor community to SSRN.
It is also important to remember that your work does not need to be restricted to any one venue. Try SocArXiv, but also see if you can host your work in an institutional repository or on a personal website. Make your work available wherever it can best reach your readers. It is also worth protesting the practices that would restrict your work’s availability and reach by leaving the services adopting them. If the reports about SSRN’s new practices are accurate, then it may be time to leave SSRN and adopt more author-friendly alternatives. Authors, tell us about your experiences with SSRN and other repositories by sending a note to"

also:  SocArXiv

Elsevier has started destroying SSRN - July 18, 2016

Post from Saurod Vertebra Picture of the Week on the acquisition of SSRN (Social Science Research Network) by Elsevier.

"As predicted, the popular and useful Social Sciences repository SSRN, having been acquired by Elsevier, is now being destroyed. Papers are being quietly vanished from SSRN, without their authors even being notified. This is happening even in cases when the copyright is held by the authors (who posted them, giving implicit permission for them to be redistributed), and even more astonishingly when papers are under Creative Commons licences. Details at PrawfsBlawg.

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The good news: Brandon Butler points out in the comments that there is a new and open alternative to SSRN: Announcing the development of SocArXiv, an open social science archive. SocArXiv has some very good people behind it. I hope it takes off, and that the zombie SSRN is rapidly defleshed."


Monday, July 18, 2016

FYI Chronicle Article : U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty - A Comment from Univ. of California

A word (or two) from California on the subject of our OA policy implementation numbers. UC faculty typically publish around 40,000 scholarly articles per year, if we aggregate the scholarly article publication numbers from all ten UC campuses. We have, since beginning our OA policy implementation a year and a half ago, collected nearly
13,000 articles from them that fall under the policy. As thrilled as we are with these numbers (because, yes, this is more than we hoped for initially, given the challenges of implementing these policies and engaging campus communities), we also recognize that there is significant room to grow here.

Our progress, thus far, has been made possible through a combination of 1). energetic outreach on the part of UC campus librarians, meeting with faculty committees, departments, etc. to get the word out about the policy and 2). the implementation of Symplectic Elements as a means of "automating" as much of the process of article collection as possible. What we are able to do via Elements is create a corpus of publication records for faculty which they can then accept/reject at the click of a button and then simply upload their AAMs into our system. The records and publications are then transferred to eScholarship (,  UC's OA repository and publishing platform, for display.

We have seen exponential growth in participation in the policy since implementing Elements, now that faculty no longer have the burden of filling in publication record information in our systems and are regularly alerted when we find their new publications in indexes. That said, we are also quite cognizant of the challenges, described by Chris Kelty in the recent Chronicle article, of capturing and maintaining the attention of busy faculty who have varied levels of interest in and commitment to making their scholarship open. We hope, in our next phase of implementation, to create efficiencies for faculty by integrating Elements with other campus systems that currently collect faculty publication information, eliminating duplicative/frustrating tasks for them (and thus making the case for participation in yet another way).  But of course, these kinds of integrations take resources...

In evaluating our progress against an idealized 100% policy participation rate, the Chronicle article oversimplified what is to be gained here.  At significantly less than 100% policy compliance, we have still managed to achieve a few important things:

·         Extending the reach of UC scholarship/research:  There are
nearly 13,000 new UC-authored publications now openly accessible to the world

·         Empowering UC faculty to retain reuse rights to their own
research:  All our faculty (regardless of their article deposit
activities) now hold rights in their publications that they were previously signing away upon publication.

To our minds, this is good news indeed.  We look forward to reporting even better news as our efforts continue.

Catherine Mitchell
California Digital Library

Original article -

Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress


CHICAGO - On July 13, 2016 the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.

Dr. Hayden's appointment comes in the wake of the retirement of Dr. James H. Billington and on the heels of a rigorous ALA grassroots and social media campaign (#Hayden4LOC) that encouraged thousands of library advocates to contact their Senators to support her confirmation.

"The library community is elated that Dr. Hayden is our nation's new Librarian of Congress," stated ALA President Julie Todaro. "She holds all of the professional competencies needed to successfully lead the nation's library.

"There is no doubt that Dr. Hayden will have a positive impact by leading efforts to establish a more modern approach to serving members of Congress, researchers and the public at large. Hayden holds a profound understanding of the integral role libraries play in formal education, community-based learning, and the promotion of individual opportunity and community progress. I believe that through her visionary leadership the Library of Congress will soon mirror society's rapidly changing information environment, while successfully preserving the cultural record of the United States."

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.