University of California wants to let you read all its peer-reviewed work


Following the death of Aaron Swartz, governments and higher education seem to have stepped up their efforts to make scholarly research more readily accessible. Now, the world’s largest public research university, the University of California, has voted to make the published works of its more than 8,000 faculty members free to the public, by default, at the university’s eScholarship website. Faculty at three UC campuses will start contributing papers on November 1st, with the rest to follow in November of next year.

“Doesn’t the opt-out approach mean the policy has no teeth?”

There is that one caveat, “by default,” because researchers and scholars can opt out of the program on a per-paper basis, say if they want to reserve their work…

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