The University of California has announced it struck an open access deal with Cambridge University Press. The move comes on the heels of cutting ties with publishing giant Elsevier, part of UC’s push for open access to publicly funded research.
The partnership is UC’s first open access agreement with a major publisher, and Cambridge’s first such deal in the Americas.
“This deal demonstrates that our goals can be met by a major scientific publisher,” UC Berkeley University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason said Wednesday.
In the “transformative” agreement, MacKie-Mason said, UC will have full access to all articles published by Cambridge, and all UC articles can be published open access, “both for essentially the same cost as before.”
“The publisher gets the same amount of money, we get the access our scholars need, and everyone in the world gets to read the scientific discoveries our scholars produce,” he said. “This is a win for everyone.”
The move was met with praise by open access advocates.
Here are some of the reactions on social media.