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Open Access Publishing

Open access (OA) refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. Publishing your scholarly work OA means that more people are likely to access and cite it. Get guidance on open access publishing options by booking a one-on-one consultation and browse the resources below to find out what UCSF is doing to advance open access.

Meet our scholarly communication expert

Anneliese Taylor
Anneliese Taylor

Anneliese has over 15 years of experience working with UCSF faculty, staff, and students. She is an expert in scholarly publishing, professional profile systems, and research impact metrics. She focuses in particular on OA publishing and policies, and open science/open research initiatives.

Need funding?

See Discounts & Funding for Open Access Publishing for a list of publishers that offer discounts and subsidies for UCSF corresponding authors. Always remember to evaluate unfamiliar journals and conferences to avoid deceptive and predatory publishers. 

Advancing the transition to open access

UCSF and the University of California system have transformative open access publishing agreements and publishing discounts with a broad range of scholarly publishers, including large commercial journal publishers as well as society, not-for-profit, and fully open access publishers.

  • UC/UCSF agreements with ACS, Biochemical Society, Cambridge, Cold Springer Harbor Lab, Elsevier, JMIR, PLOS, Springer Nature, and more.

The UC Libraries and Faculty Senate offer a toolkit for negotiating open access publishing agreements and provide extensive documentation on UC’s publisher deals with Elsevier and other publishers.

Resources from the UC Office of Scholarly Communication to support journal editors, publishers and organizations in facilitating a transition to open access (OA).

All theses and dissertations (ETDs) published by UCSF Graduate Division students since 2007 are now freely available on eScholarship, UC’s open publishing platform. Most theses & dissertations from before this date have been digitized and are being released on eScholarship. In 2020, UC passed a policy for open access to all UC theses and dissertations.

UC Academic Senate faculty devised 18 bold principles to transform scholarly communication into a more open, transparent, and fair system and to give faculty more control over their research outputs.

UCSF signed the Open Access 2020 Expression of Interest, indicating its intention to pursue a transformation of subscription journals to OA.

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Anneliese Taylor’s help is always thorough and excellent.

Staff, UCSF School of Medicine

Get in touch

Check out our growing Help Center to learn more about open access and OA publishing. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we’re here to help. Contact us.