At UC Press, open access—the free, immediate, unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed research and scholarly work—is central to our mission to drive progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach, and impact. Who benefits from open access? Everyone. Authors can share their work with global audiences without cost barriers. Libraries can provide their patrons with a wide range of content more affordably. Readers gain easy access to the information they need, when they need it. And when paired with Creative Commons licenses allowing liberal sharing and adapting of these outputs of scholarly research, research itself benefits.
Open access programs at UC Press
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene
We are pleased to announce that, beginning in January 2017, UC Press will publish Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, the transdisciplinary open access journal incubated by BioOne in 2013. Since its launch, Elementa has facilitated collaborative, peer-reviewed research with the ultimate objective of accelerating scientific solutions to the challenges presented by our new era, in which human activity has become the dominant influence on our climate and environment. Learn more about Elementa at elementascience.org.
Collabra is the first open access journal to not only share research but also the value contributed by the research community through the review process. Instead of UC Press retaining all funds generated from author APCs, our pay-it-forward model directly compensates reviewers and editors for their work on the journal. They can opt to pass on their earnings either to an APC waiver fund that benefits other authors or their institution's open access fund. Learn more about Collabra at Collabra.org.
Monographs are the cornerstone of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences, but have long been under siege. Shrinking library budgets and rising costs result in higher prices. The upshot is that publishers must reduce the number of titles they publish, regardless of the merits of the work. Luminos is University of California Press’s open access response to this challenged monograph landscape. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production, and marketing as our traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared. Learn more about Luminos at LuminosOA.org.
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