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As of 2009, papers by UCSF authors that appear in journals published by Springer will be fully open access. This means that the articles will be freely available online for other researchers to cite and utilize in their own research. These articles will also be deposited in the University of California's eScholarship repository.
The Springer Open Choice program allows authors from any institution to make their articles open access, but only with payment of an expensive fee. The UC program, negotiated by the California Digital Library, ensures that there will be no fees for UC authors. This is the first agreement of its kind in North America.
The ultimate beneficiaries of this arrangement will be scientists and the public at large. As Richard Schneider, Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director, Parnassus Molecular & Cell Biology Lab, UCSF, notes: "Open access will support faculty aspirations for new modes of journal publishing that facilitate the broad dissemination of ideas and improve public access to taxpayer-funded research."
Further details about this exciting development are available from the California Digital Library. If you have any questions about open access or about this arrangement, please contact us at any time.