Frequently Asked Questions
What is BRII?
The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) supports UC Berkeley authors and publishers who want to make their publication free to all readers immediately upon publication. Originally established as a pilot program on January 21 2008, BRII subsidizes, in various degrees, authors and publishers who choose to make their work open access. The program also yields data that can be used to gauge faculty interest in — as well as the budgetary impacts of — these new modes of scholarly communication on the Berkeley campus.
Why is this program needed?
To provide support to new and emerging publisher options that both enhance the impact of Berkeley authors' research and show promise in helping research institutions create affordable and sustainable models for scholarly communication. BRII will also provide an opportunity for researchers to try new publishing models.
What charges does this cover?
This initiative covers publication charges for open access journals such as PLoS, BioMedCentral, PhysMathCentral, and others (capped at $3000 per article). It covers paid access charges for traditional subscription-based journals that offer authors an option to pay an additonal fee to make the article available to the public (capped at $1500 per article). Due to the popularity of the BRII program, we are only able to fund one application per calendar year; for publishers of books there is a limit of $3000 per calendar year, and for publishers of open access journals there is a limit of $4,000 per calendar year.
Who is funding this program?
Seed funding for BRII came from Library, California Digital Library, and Vice Chancellor for Research discretionary accounts.
Are other institutions engaging in this activity?
Yes. Similar programs are now in place at most of the UC campuses, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, University of Calgary, Lund University, University of Tennessee, University of Oregon, University of Nottingham and other UC campuses. The Open Access Directory wiki includes a comprehensive list of institutions providing OA support
Who is eligible to apply?
- Authors: Any UCB faculty, post-doc, or currently enrolled graduate student ready to submit a completed publication.
- Publishers: UCB-based Cetner, Organized Research Unit or Department publishing on the eScholarship platform.
Any criteria for articles or publications?
- Publications must be made freely available at the time of initial publication. No embargo periods.
What about the new UC Open Access Policy passed by the Academic Senate in July 2013?
The new UC Academic Senate poicy implements what is known as "green OA." That is, authors continue to publish in their journals of choice (most likely traditiona, subscription-based journals.) After an article has been published, according to the policy, UC authors are to post a final author's version or postprint of that article on eScholarship. Since there are no publishing costs associated with green OA there is no need to apply for BRII funding.
BRII, in the other hand, funds "gold OA." Gold OA means that the publication is made freely available to the public immediately upon publication. In order to fund publishing, many "gold OA" journals charge author processing charges. Theat's where BRII funding comes in.
Will BRII support charges to make my dissertation open access?
You do not need BRII funds to make your dissertation openly available. When you submit your dissertation to Grad Division you are offered the option to select "immediate release." When you select this option, the Library will, when it adds a catalog records to the OskiCat, indicate that it is freely available; anyone, anywhere with access to the internet will be able to read your dissertation.
How do I apply?
Application information and materials are available at the BRII website.