"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do — accelerate research."
What is Open Access?Explore the two main pathways for open access publishing through the UC Office of Scholarly Communication.
eScholarshipThis platform serves the scholarly publishing needs of all ten UC campuses, with an emphasis on open access.
UC Publication Management SystemThis system assists authors with depositing articles into eScholarship, the UC's open access repository.
Open Access Research GuideThis page serves as a hub for resources and information about the open access movement at the UC and beyond.
Open Access Journal Articles
Since 2019, the UC has entered "transformative agreements(opens in a new tab)" with journal publishers. These agreements allow UC authors to publish their work open access within the journals the UC licenses. Often, transformative agreements cover the cost of publication when funding is not available elsewhere. To discover whether a transformative agreement covers a journal, explore this list(opens in a new tab) from the UC Office of Scholarly Communication.
UC Open Access Policy
Since 2013, the UC has implemented open access policies(opens in a new tab) that allow any published article by a UC author to be placed in our institutional repository, eScholarship(opens in a new tab).
The UC Publication Management System(opens in a new tab) alerts authors when they have articles available for deposit into eScholarship. Learn how this system works(opens in a new tab).
Publishing an Open Access Journal
If you are looking to launch a new open access journal, or transition an existing journal to the open access model, consider starting a journal on eScholarship(opens in a new tab). There are dozens of UCLA journals on eScholarship(opens in a new tab), a free service available to UC affiliates.
Wherever you publish your open access journal, you can bolster its credibility and accessibility by having it listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)(opens in a new tab). Read their guide to applying(opens in a new tab) for more information and tips.
Publishing an Open Access Monograph
Luminos(opens in a new tab), UC Press’ open access monograph publishing program, adheres to the same high standards as traditional publishing programs. The Library covers the title publication fees for UCLA faculty authors with support from Arcadia(opens in a new tab).
UCLA faculty authors interested in publishing a monograph through Luminos should submit a proposal directly to the relevant UC Press editor(opens in a new tab). Approved proposals will automatically receive funding from the Library.
Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
TOME(opens in a new tab) is a nationwide initiative of university presses(opens in a new tab) that publishes peer-reviewed and professionally edited open access monographs. The Library covers the title publication fees for UCLA faculty authors with support from Arcadia.
UCLA faculty authors interested in publishing a monograph through TOME should submit a proposal directly to one of the participating presses. Once the press has accepted the proposal, contact the Library(opens in a new tab) to secure funding for the title publication fee.
NIH Public Access PolicyTo advance science and improve human health, NIH makes the peer-reviewed articles it funds publicly available on PubMed Central.
Federal Public Access ProgramsFederal agencies with public access policies for those receiving agency research funding.
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