Open Access Week 2012


October 22-28, 2012 is the sixth annual Open Access Week, an international event celebrating the global movement toward Open Access. Open Access is the free, immediate, availability on the public Internet of those works which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment – permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose.  

The UCSC Library is celebrating Open Access Week with two events, plus the announcement of our new Open Access Fund Pilot program.


Open Access Week Movie Night:

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto - featuring Girl Talk

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 7:00-8:30 PM
McHenry Library, 4th floor, Room 4286
With cookies and lemonade from Global Village Cafe by Hoffman's

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a documentary that explores the the world of mash-up media - is it illegal? Is it art? Is it important? See and hear Girl Talk (mashup artist Gregg Gillis) and his tools in action, and hear lawyers, musicians, and other cultural commentators discuss how copyright law controls how we use existing culture to build new culture. Why is the system set up the way it is? Does it work? Who is it working for? The movie focuses on music and film, but the arguments about the role of copyright in our society and who should control intellectual property can apply to novels, art, scholarly articles or software - anything covered by copyright law (which is a lot of stuff).
Watch the trailer:


Panel at The Graduate Student Commons:

The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation
Submission Process

Thursday, October 25th, 12:00-1:00pm
Graduate Student Commons (above Joe's Pizza in the Quarry Plaza)
The dissertation and thesis submission process at UCSC has recently gone digital! Interested in learning more about the electronic theses and dissertation submission process from recent grads?  Come hear from former students about their experiences and the process. Bring your questions about publishing and access options for Katie Fortney,
Scholarly Communication Librarian.  Sue Perry, Head of Digital Initiatives, will talk about what happens to your dissertation or thesis after you click submit.
Since theses and dissertations are no longer being submitted on paper, we are no longer archiving paper copies; we archive the digital files instead. Dissertations and theses submitted Winter Quarter 2012 or later will be made available through eScholarship, the Unviersity of California's open access repository and electronic publishing platform. View them at eScholarship, and come to the panel to hear about the usage statistics and other tools eScholarship can provide for authors. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Access Fund Pilot

This new pilot fund, sponsored by the California Digital Library and the UCSC University Librarian, supports UCSC faculty members, lecturers, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.  The goals of the fund are to advance the impact of, and increase access to, UCSC research and scholarship; to support innovative models of scholarly publishing; and to aid UCSC faculty, students, and staff who want to publish in open-access journals but who do not have other sources of funding to cover article-processing fees. 

The fund provides UCSC authors reimbursement:

  • up to $3000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals. Some examples include PLOS journals in the sciences (particularly biology and medicine) and SAGE Open in social sciences and humanities.
  • up to $1500/article for paid access fees in hybrid journals (a hybrid journal is a traditional subscription-based journal that offers authors an option to pay an additional fee to make the article available to the public.)

To learn more about open access, and to find out how to apply, visit the UC Open Access Fund website at


Read more about Open Access on our Scholarly Communication and Copyright guide.