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New Scholarly Communications Officer, Rachael Samberg

Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communications Officer

Rachael Samberg has accepted our offer of the position of Scholarly Communications Officer.

Rachael comes to us from the Stanford Law Library. She is completing her sixth year there as a reference librarian and lecturer in law. Before that she spent seven years as an intellectual property attorney at Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco. She has her J.D. from Duke University, an MLIS from the University of Washington, and a BS in Biology and Classics from Tufts University.

From these highlights, you can see that Rachael brings both considerable IP legal experience, librarian experience, and teaching expertise to lead our growing commitment to becoming a leader in the worldwide movement to transform the scholarly communications landscape. She will put all these skills to great use, as she advises faculty, grad students and other researchers on how to use scholarly materials in their research and publications, how to disseminate their findings in ways that broaden its reach and impact, and how our campus can engage in programs and practices that hasten the transition from a closed-access, subscription based publishing world to one with open access and lower costs.

Another area in which Rachael has developed expertise is not as directly relevant to her new position, but will surely be of interest to a number of our folks: legal archives. Rachael has been chair of the Archives Committee of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries since 2011, and has published several articles on preserving legal history and collecting state court files. I’m imagining she’ll be spending her lunch breaks noodling around in the basement of Bancroft where we keep the California land case archives.

Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian

Open Access Publishing Vouchers Available for RSC Journals – 2015

Publish gold open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.

This program offers voucher codes that enable Berkeley researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.

Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.  Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

  • You are affiliated with UC Berkeley or LBNL (e.g., student, staff, faculty) and
  • Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Berkeley Library in 2015

Get your voucher code

After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at http://goo.gl/GAUwr to request your Gold for Gold voucher code.

Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

  • Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
  • Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2015

Questions

Please contact Jeffery Loo, Chemistry Librarian, at jloo [at] berkeley.edu

Open Access Publishing Vouchers Available for RSC Journals – 2014

Publish gold open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.

This program offers voucher codes that enable Berkeley researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.

Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.  Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

  • You are affiliated with UC Berkeley or LBNL (e.g., student, staff, faculty) and
  • Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Berkeley Library in 2014

Get your voucher code

After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at http://goo.gl/GAUwr to request your Gold for Gold voucher code.

Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

  • Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
  • Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2014

Questions

Please contact Jeffery Loo, Chemistry Librarian, at jloo [at] berkeley.edu

BRII Update

March 26, 2014: Due to the popularity of the program, the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) has used up its funds. No new applications for BRII funding are being accepted at this time.

Those who have already been approved for funding may still submit reimbursement requests.

For other open access publishing options, see Free OA options for Berkeley authors. For questions about BRII or open access in general, contact openaccess@lists.berkeley.edu.

Free OA options for Berkeley authors

UC Berkeley authors have several options to publish their article in open access journals. Open access (OA), which is literature that is free, digital and available to anyone online thus ensuring broad worldwide readership has the potential to increase the impact of the research presented.

Listed below are three peer-reviewed, rapid dissemination, OA journals in which Berkeley authors can publish without paying an article processing charge (APC).

  • PeerJ: publishes original research in the biological, medical and health sciences. Due to a partnership with the Berkeley Library, there is no cost for Berkeley authors to publish in PeerJ. (read more)
  • SAGE Open: publishes original research and review articles in humanities, social and behavioral sciences. The Library underwrites Berkeley authors’ publishing costs. (read more)
  • eLife: publishes original research in life sciences and biomedicine. It is free to publish in eLife while the journal is being established though there are plans to institute article processing charges for authors in the future.

There are many other options for publishing open access, most of which require authors to pay an article processing charge (APC). For more information on these publishing outlets, see Selective List of Open Access Fees.

If you have any questions, please ask your Library Liaison.

Dissertations on eScholarship

More than 2600 electronic dissertations and theses (ETDs) by UC Berkeley authors are now available on eScholarship dating back to 2009. UC Berkeley dissertations continue to be available on ProQuest Theses and Dissertations (a subscription database) and on the Library digital repository. By making them more available on eScholarship, however, these dissertations will be more easily discoverable via Google. This step towards greater open access is consistent with the Graduate Division’s longstanding position — one shared by the Berkeley Library — that “UC Berkeley upholds the tradition that [Berkeley scholars] have an obligation to make [their] research available to other scholars.”

You can see Berkeley dissertations on eScholarship by browsing Theses and Dissertations. You can also narrow your results by discipline or campus.

Berkeley dissertations will continue to be cataloged in OskiCat. Dissertations published since 2009 include  links to a publically-available version of the dissertation housed on the Library’s digital repository.

For access to thousands of freely-available dissertations from over 800 colleges and universities, go to the Open Access Theses and Dissertations database.

Dissertations on eScholarship

More than 2600 electronic dissertations and theses (ETDs) by UC Berkeley authors are now available on eScholarship dating back to 2009. UC Berkeley dissertations continue to be available on ProQuest Theses and Dissertations (a subscription database) and on the Library digital repository. By making them more available on eScholarship, however, these dissertations will be more easily discoverable via Google. This step towards greater open access is consistent with the Graduate Division’s longstanding position — one shared by the Berkeley Library — that “UC Berkeley upholds the tradition that [Berkeley scholars] have an obligation to make [their] research available to other scholars.”

You can see Berkeley dissertations on eScholarship by browsing Theses and Dissertations. You can also narrow your results by discipline or campus.

Berkeley dissertations will continue to be cataloged in OskiCat. Dissertations published since 2009 include  links to a publically-available version of the dissertation housed on the Library’s digital repository.

For access to thousands of freely-available dissertations from over 800 colleges and universities, go to the Open Access Theses and Dissertations database.

PeerJ membership for UCB

September 2013: The UC Berkeley Library has entered into a partnership with PeerJ, a new fully peer-reviewed, open access (OA) journal in the biological, medical and health sciences. Under the terms of this partnership, when a paper by a Berkeley author is accepted for publication in PeerJ, the Berkeley Library will automatically pay the cost of a Basic Membership for each Berkeley author. That membership will allow authors to publish one PeerJ article every year, for life, for free.

About PeerJ: PeerJ is a new open-access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal which publishers research articles in the biological sciences, medical sciences and health sciences. PeerJ maintains rigorous peer-review standards and is committed to rapid review and fast publication of research results. PeerJ selects articles “based only on a determination of scientific and methodological soundness, not on subjective determinations of ‘impact,’ ‘novelty’ or ‘interest.'”  Articles are easily discovered in Google Scholar as well as PubMed and PubMed Central. Unlike many OA publications which charge authors per publication, PeerJ provides low-cost memberships to individuals, which gives them lifetime rights to publish in PeerJ.  All authors on a paper must have a ‘paid Membership.’

For more information about the UC Berkeley/PeerJ membership, contact the Library’s Scholarly Communications Officer.

OA book news

California Classical Studies has announced that their first open-access book has been published. The digital edition of Leslie Kurke, The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy, a reprint with corrections of the edition of 1990, has been published on eScholarship, the full PDF of which is freely available and immediately downloadable. The book is also available as a Print on Demand paperback for$29.95.

The editors of California Classical Studies have announced that they “are eager to receive submissions of long-form scholarship for peer-review, including hybrid works that include an extended textual element suitable for printing along with associated files to be offered in digital form only. The series aims to disseminate basic research (editing and analysis of primary materials both textual and physical), data-heavy research, and highly specialized research. “

See also Daily Cal on California Classical Studies (October 24, 2012).

UC Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. The policy, which covers more than 8,000 UC faculty, will allow faculty members to make as many as 40,000 publications a year widely and publicly available.

Open Access (OA) is scholarly literature that is free, digital, and available to anyone online. Anyone, anywhere, with access to the Internet may read, download, and copy an OA article. The new UC policy follows more than 175 other universities (including Harvard University) who have adopted similar so-called “green” open access policies. Green OA allows authors to publish, as they always have, in traditional commercial or society journals and then post an authors’ version on eScholarship. That research then becomes widely available and discoverable via tools like Google.

In the full Academic Senate statement on the new policy, Richard A. Schneider, UCSF Professor and chair of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication at UCSF states, “The ten UC campuses generate around 2-3% of all the peer-reviewed articles published in the world every year, and this policy will make many of those articles freely available to anyone who is interested anywhere, whether they are colleagues, students, or members of the general public.”

What does this mean for Berkeley faculty? Three campuses (UCSF, UCLA, UCI) will move forward with the policy this fall, with Berkeley joining in Fall 2014. The Library will develop supporting materials to assist Berkeley faculty.

For more information on the new policy see:

For questions, contact the Library’s open access group.

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