UC Open Access Policy

Policy Tools

Make Your Publications Available to the Public!

The UC open access policies allow you to share the final accepted version of your published articles with the world. There are two open access policies covering UCSF faculty and staff: one for Academic Senate faculty, and one for other faculty and all other employees:

Senate Faculty

UCSF Academic Senate passed an Open Access Policy for UCSF on May 21, 2012. See a 90-second video for an overview, and find more details here. See who is covered by the Senate policy.

All Others

October 23, 2015, a Presidential Open Access Policy expanded open access rights and responsibilities to all other authors who write scholarly articles while employed at the University of California, including non-Senate faculty, researchers, post-doctoral scholars, residents and clinical fellows, staff, librarians, and graduate students. See who is covered by the Presidential OA Policy.

The policies cover scholarly articles published in any journal starting on the policy date. No payment is required to exercise the rights outlined in these policies.

UCSF Academic Senate faculty can use the UC Publication Management system to upload their publications to eScholarship (UC’s open access repository). Other authors must log in to eScholarship directly to share their works.

Senate Faculty will be contacted by email to verify publications in the system. Use this system to track your publications and to share your scholarly articles via eScholarship or by linking to another open access version.