Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.79
Liaison Katie Maynard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Santa Barbara
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jewel Persad
Sustainability Manager
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Does the institution offer repository hosting that makes versions of journal articles, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed scholarly works by its employees freely available on the public internet?:

Website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of the open access repository:

eScholarship has provided comprehensive open access repository services for the University of California academic community since 2002. Faculty researchers are able to share the full range of their scholarly output, from working papers and seminar series to previously published articles. Student work on eScholarship includes electronic theses and dissertations as well as undergraduate capstone projects. https://www.library.ucsb.edu/research-data-services/repository

The Dryad Data Repository - Dryad is a new self-service research data publishing service for campus. Dryad provides UCSB researchers with user-friendly tools to upload and describe their data for access and reuse and to create citations and persistent identifiers for each dataset. Dryad also allows researchers to set a future publication date for data still under peer review. Dryad is an open data repository with search and browse capabilities for finding and downloading data.

Does the institution have a published policy that requires its employees to publish scholarly works open access or archive final post-peer reviewed versions of scholarly works in an open access repository?:

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:

The University of California (UC) is covered under two explicit Open Access policies. First, the “Open Access Policy for the Academic Senate of the University of California” was adopted 7/24/2013, and applies to all members of the academic senate of the UC. This open access policy was established with the wish that the UC disseminate its research and scholarship (its “works”) as widely as possible. As members of a public university system, faculty of the UC wish to make their works freely available to California and the world.

Another Open Access policy, titled “Presidential Policy on Open Access for University of California Authors who are not Members of the Academic Senate,” covers all UC employee authors who are not members of Academic Senate. The Policy was adopted by the UC Office of the President on October 23, 2015. Both of these policies stipulate that all authors will submit their work to UC’s institutional repository, eScholarship, by the date of their work’s publication. eScholarship is free to view and accessible to all. Faculty members of the Academic Senate may delay (embargo) or forfeit (waive) availability of their work, but must proactively do so on an article-by-article basis. Authors who are not members of the Academic Senate may embargo an article, or may waive an article’s submission to eScholarship by displaying “compelling circumstances,” again on an article-by-article basis.

Additionally, the University of California Publication Management System has been created to facilitate Academic Senate authors’ submission of their work to eScholarship through a convenient online and email system and is currently used by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The University of California, Santa Barbara and its faculty and staff support open access to research to facilitate the scholarly and scientific growth and advancement of ideas worldwide.


Does the policy cover the entire institution? :

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:

A brief description of the open access APC fund:

As described on the UCSB Library website, “the UCSB Open Access (OA) Publishing Fund supports authors who want to make their research open to readers immediately upon publication. After applying and being approved, eligible authors will be reimbursed for article processing charges (APCs) for articles published in eligible journals. Criteria are outlined in the Guidelines below. The OA Fund is supported and administered by the UCSB Library. The purpose of the Fund is to cover the cost of APCs in open access journals so that no UCSB author who desires to publish open access is disadvantaged by the lack of funds to cover relevant fees. For more information” For more information visit - https://www.library.ucsb.edu/ucsb-open-access-publishing-fund

Does the institution provide open access journal hosting services through which peer-reviewed open access journals are hosted on local servers with dedicated staff who provide publishing support at no (or minimal) cost?:

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:

eScholarship Publishing is an open access publishing platform subsidized by the University of California, managed by the California Digital Library, and offered free of charge to UC-affiliated departments, research units, publishing programs and individual scholars. The service includes publishing and production tools, including a full editorial and peer review system, as well as professional support and consulting services. UCSB journals on the platform are listed at https://escholarship.org/ucsb/journals.

Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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