Moving Towards Open Scholarship: UC, Elsevier and All the Rest

Presentation | May 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor

 Jeff MacKie-Mason

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The movement to make new scholarship freely available to all readers began at least by 1994 with Stevan Harnad's "Subversive proposal". In 2013 the UC Academic Senate adopted one of the first mandatory OA policies in the US, requiring that a copy of all newly authored research be deposited in an open archive regardless of where it is published. In Winter 2018 the University Libraries published an action roadmap, "Pathways to OA (link is external)". Since then, the Libraries and the Academic Senate have worked closely together to pursue some of the actions discussed in "Pathways". Most visibly to date, the UC sought to negotiate a "transformative" contract with Elsevier (the world's largest scholarly publisher) that would publish all UC-authored articles as open access, retain full reading rights to all Elsevier publications, and reduce the total cost of reading plus publishing for UC. Negotiations failed, but rather than sign a business-as-usual contract, the UC canceled its agreement with Elsevier on 28 Feb 2019. At the same time, the UC is negotiating for transformative agreements with several other publishers, and leading a coalition seeking to help non-profit scholarly society publishers to flip their journals to open access.
Jeff MacKie-Mason has played a leading role in building the UC-wide faculty-administration coalition, and is co-chair of the Publisher Negotiations Team, which carried out the negotiations with Elsevier. He will discuss the UC's goals, the process leading to the new strategies, the negotiations with Elsevier, and other OA efforts currently underway.