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Information about journals or publishers

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Lists some 2500 open-access journals. The "for authors" section of the DOAJ includes a Directory of Open Access and Hybrid Journals.

HighWire Press list of Free Online Full-text Articles
Lists more than 1000 journals published via HighWire Press that make their content available for free after a period of time, usually 12 months.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Provides citation data drawn from over 8400 scholarly and technical journals worldwide. Provides data on highest impact and most frequently used journals. (UCB access only)

Journal Cost Effectiveness
Developed by Ted Bergstrom, Professor, Economics, UC Santa Barbara. Ranks internationally-published journals by price per article or citation. (The site is under development and not yet fully proofed.)

Journal Pricing Page
Also from Ted Bergstrom. Explores the economics of journal pricing.

Publisher and Journals profiles
Compiled by the UC Office of Scholarly Communication. Lists publisher, list price, impact factor, and average annual price increase.

Publishers with whom UC has an institutional membership
Compiled by UC Office of Scholarly Communication.

A summary of policies given by various research funders as part of their grant awards.

Find out whether your publisher allows you to place your article in a repository.

Ulrich's Periodical Directory
Gives price, publisher, indexing and other information on thousands of periodicals. (UC access only)

Data and statistics

Annual Periodical Price Survey from Library Journal
2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

Monograph and Serials expenditure, 1986-2005 (PDF)
Compiled by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Sample amendments to publisher copyright transfer agreements

Amendment to Publication Agreement (PDF)
Recommended for UC authors. Also available as a Word document.

MIT Copyright Amendment Form
Available as both a PDF or as a Word document.

The Scholars Copyright Addendum Engine
From the Science Commons. Allows authors to enter basic information about their articles to generate a printable addendum to for author publishing agreements.

Staying informed

The SPARC Open Access Newsletter
News and analysis of the open-access movement includes daily updates from Peter Suber's Open Access News blog.

Open Access Now
Newsletter from by BioMed Central on open access.

Reshaping Scholarly Communication
From the UC Office of Scholarly Communication, University of California.

Organizations and Initiatives

Alliance for Taxpayer Access
An alliance of organizations representing taxpayers, patients, researchers, and institutions that support open access to taxpayer-funded research.

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
A non-profit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada.

Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI)
An international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the Internet.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
An organization "dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity."

Create Change
An initiative developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC, and the Association of College and Research Libraries to examine "new opportunities in scholarly communication."

Information Access Alliance
An organization examining merger transactions in the serials publishing industry.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)
A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the scientific and medical literature a freely available.

Science Commons
Serving "the advancement of science by removing unnecessary legal and technical barriers to scientific collaboration and innovation."

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
An alliance of academics and libraries that examines market dysfunctions in the scholarly publishing system.


arXiv e-Print service
At Cornell. For e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, and quantitative biology.

A self-archive for papers related to the study of cognition. Developed by the University of Southampton, England.

Directory of academic open-access repositories. From the University of Nottingham.

PubMed Central
Digital archive of biomedical and life science literature administered by the National Institutes of Health.

UC publishing alternative

Open access, scholarly publishing services for the University of California.

University of California: committees, policies, white papers, etc.

Academic Senate Special Committee on Scholarly Communication
A special committee of the UC Academic Senate charged in the 2005-2006 academic year with investigating issues related to scholarly communication.

February 2007: The UC Open Access Policy proposal
Documents related to the policy proposal compiled by the Office of Scholarly Communication.

January 2007: The Promise of Value-based Prices and Negotiation (PDF)
White paper by the University of California Libraries Collection Development Committee.

March 2005: UC Berkeley Faculty Conference on Scholarly Publishing
Faculty and administrators met on March 31, 2005 at the Oakland Marriott City Center to discuss scholarly publishing.

March 2005: Statement of Principles (PDF)
Endorsed by the UC Berkeley Academic Senate.

January 2005: Letter to UC Faculty (PDF)
From George Blumenthal,Chair of UC Academic Council, and University Librarians on the challenges of negotiating subscription renewals for academic society publications.

January 2004: Letter to UC Faculty (PDF)
From Lawrence Pitts, Chair of UC Academic Senate, and University Librarians at the successful conclusion of negotiations with Elsevier.

October 2003: Letter to UC Faculty (PDF)
From Lawrence Pitts and University Librarians describing critical problems faced in negotiations for access to electronic journals.

October 2003: Resolution on Ties with Elsevier Journals (PDF)
Endorsed by UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate.

September 2003: Letter to Berkeley faculty (PDF)
From Robert Berdahl (Chancellor), Elaine Tennant and Anthony Newcomb (co-chairs, Academic Senate Library Committee) and Thomas Leonard (University Librarian) on the crisis in scholarly communication.

April 2003: Resolution G: Digital Library Journal Collecting Principles
Issued by the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee (SLASIAC).

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