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The library’s Scholarly Communications Program leads initiatives to improve the sustainability, accessibility, and reach of scholarship at UC Davis and beyond. We offer consultations, workshops, and support on a variety of common scholarly communications and publishing matters, including those outlined below.

Copyright and Licensing. We provide support for the everyday work community members do as creators, owners, and users of copyrighted works.

Open Access. “Open Access” scholarship is made freely available to readers, often with few or no restrictions on re-use. We help UC Davis authors understand the mechanics of open access publishing and comply with open access policies and mandates.

Visibility and Credit. We advise on making scholarship visible and on the mechanics of credit and evaluation.

Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing. We can provide support with the tradeoffs and pitfalls involved in scholarly publishing.

Move It Forward Opens for Applications

The library is pleased to be accepting applications to participate in Move It Forward, a workshop for publishers on transitioning titles to open access models. Move It Forward builds ...

March 20, 2018

Event: making fair use of copyrighted work with the Authors Alliance

Join experts from the Authors Alliance to learn about relying on "fair use" when using copyrighted material ! ...

February 15, 2018

Event: Launching Open Access Books at UC Davis

ⓐ What: UC Davis Open Monograph Fund Launch Event With: MIT Press, UC Press, and more When: Monday, November 13, 2017, 2:30-4:30 pm, with reception to follow ...

October 31, 2017

“An Open Digital Global South,” a library-sponsored conference on May 25-26

  An Open Digital Global South: Risks and Rewards UC Davis Law School May 25-26, 2017 The event is open to the public and will be both livestreamed ...

May 04, 2017

Pathways to Open Access: new UC Libraries report charts the way forward

Today, UC Libraries released Pathways to Open Access, a report reviewing and summarizing our available options for making good on our collective commitment to the open access publication of ...

March 21, 2018

Three things to know this Open Access Week

It’s Open Access Week! In the spirit of increasing the accessibility, reusability, and global impact of scholarship here ...

October 26, 2017

ResearchGate, Elsevier, Article Sharing, and You

ResearchGate and the titans of scholarly publishing have had a rancorous couple of weeks. Publishers are sending, by their account, millions of copyright “takedown” notices—demands to remove content that online ...

October 22, 2017

Redundancy is resistance: share your scholarship

Originally posted on the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication blog, August 2017. Who has the right to make your scholarship available? Who is able to read it? ...

August 17, 2017

CC0 and Data Citation

I always recommend CC0 public domain waivers as the best practice for public data sharing. There are all sorts of good reasons why public domain waivers work better and ...

August 09, 2017

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