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

Seminar | April 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Jeff MacKie-Mason

 Information, School of

The movement to make new scholarship freely available to all readers began at least by 1994 with Stevan Harnadâs âSubversive Proposalâ. In 2013 the UC Academic Senate adopted one of the first mandatory open access 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. 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 University sought to negotiate a âtransformativeâ contract with Elsevier (the worldâs 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 the University. Negotiations failed, but rather than sign a business-as-usual contract, the University canceled its agreement with Elsevier on 28 Feb 2019. At the same time, the University 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 UCâs publisher negotiations team, which carried out the negotiations with Elsevier. He will discuss the UCâs goals, the process leading to the new strategies, the negotiations with Elsevier, and other open access efforts currently underway.