Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gates Foundation joins shift towards open access platforms - March 23, 2017

Initiative will emulate Wellcome Trust’s publishing model, with European Commission set to follow

"One of the world’s biggest funders of scientific research is to establish an open access platform that will allow its grant winners to publish their findings, in a move that could be swiftly followed by the European Commission.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which invests about $1.2 billion (£960 million) a year in global health initiatives, said on 23 March that the Gates Open Research initiative would allow researchers funded by the US charity to publish their work on a free-to-access site, beginning this autumn.
The service will be provided by F1000, which launched a similar platform for the Wellcome Trust, the world’s largest biomedical charity, in November 2016."


F1000 built a similar platform for the Wellcome Trust ( in November 2016.

Wellcome Open Research

Monday, March 20, 2017

Three University of California campuses add their signature to OA2020’s Expression of Interest

The University of California, Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC San Francisco took a major step today towards the goal of making all scholarly journal literature freely available to the world by endorsing the international open access (OA) initiative, OA2020, led by Max Planck Digital Library.  The three UCs join the only other United States institution having signed on to OA2020’s Expression of Interest (EoI) to date, California State University, Northridge.

OA2020 is an international movement to convert the entire corpus of scholarly journal literature to open access by the year 2020. The OA2020 movement intends to accomplish this transition or “flipping” by encouraging institutions to convert resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds that support sustainable OA business models. It does not prescribe a particular model for the flipping, since that can vary by institution. Rather, OA2020 provides flexibility for institutions to define for themselves how to repurpose their journal subscription funds in support of OA publishing.

Faculty, administration, and library leaders from the three universities see enormous potential in the goals set out by the initiative to break down historic and financial barriers to journal access, and thereby serve society as centers of higher learning transmitting knowledge openly and freely. UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCSF worked together to sign the OA2020 EoI before the Berlin 13 conference in Germany on March 21-22 this week. The campuses also put together the site to offer their perspectives about why they signed, and to provide resources for other institutions who want consider what OA2020 might mean for their institutions as well.

To read more, see UC Berkeley’s press release and UCSF’s press release. Have questions? Please contact us at the email address via the site.

Rachael Samberg |
Scholarly Communication Officer | The Library | University of California, Berkeley

Michael Wolfe |
Scholarly Communications Officer | UC Davis Library

Anneliese Taylor |

Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications & Collections | UCSF Library

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for February 2017

Top Ten UC Irvine Articles Accessed in eScholarship for February 2017

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 = 15867 (views=10224, downloads=5643).

Breakdown By Item

Top Ten Articles Viewed and Downloaded - February 2017

Item Year ---- Number of Requests ---- Total Added to
Title Published Views Downloads Requests "My Items"
Enterprise Risk Management: Review, Critique, and Research Directions 2015 73 75 148 0
Beyond Looking for My Penis: Reflections on Asian Gay Male Video Porn 1999 133 2 135 0
Primary production of the biosphere: integrating terrestrial and oceanic components 1998 45 43 88 0
Reconceptualizing Organizational Routines as a Source of Flexibility and Change 2003 47 38 85 0
How Psychological Bias Shapes Accounting and Financial Regulation 2017 54 24 78 0
Interdisciplinary collaboration: The role of the clinical nurse leader 2015 56 21 77 0
A Practice Theory Approach to Understanding the Interdependency of Nursing Practice and the Environment Implications for Nurse-Led Care Delivery Models 2015 48 27 75 0
Corporate social responsibility as a source of employee satisfaction 2012 54 21 75 0
The impact of laptop-free zones on student performance and attitudes in large lectures 2012 50 24 74 0
Income Inequality, Race, and Place:  Does the Distribution of Race and Class within Neighborhoods affect Crime Rates? 2007 52 17 69 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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New, open access, scholarly communication overlay journal: The Idealis

From the journal editors:

Frustrated by the lack of access to high-quality library and information science research, we (a group of US-based librarians and open access activists) have launched The Idealis <>.
We’ve started The Idealis to make it really easy to stay on top of scholcomm-related LIS research. We also want to recognize those authors who have made their work OA.
Sign up now to receive high-quality, open access LIS research related to all aspects of scholarly communication, curated by our team of expert community editors, via email, Twitter, or RSS.
Learn more - check out our press release.


Stacy Konkiel, Lily Troia, & Nicky Agate
Founding Editors
The Idealis