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The UC Berkeley Library Office of Scholarly Communication Services (OSCS) helps scholars navigate the shifting publishing, intellectual property, and information policy landscapes in ways that promote research dissemination, accessibility, and impact.

Areas of Expertise

We can help you with all your scholarly communication and publishing questions and needs. Do you have questions about scholarship, open access publishing, scholarly impact, copyright, licensing, and more? We are here for you! 

  • Copyright in research, publishing & teaching
  • Authors’ rights, and protecting & managing your intellectual property
  • Scholarly publishing options and platforms
  • Open access for scholarship and research data
  • Tracking & increasing scholarly impact
  • Affordable and open course content



We provide:

  • Individualized support & personal consultations
  • In-class and online instruction
  • Presentations and workshops for small or large groups & classes
  • Customized support and training for each department and discipline
  • Online guidance and resources


Outcomes & Strategies

To understand the services that OSCS can provide you, we’ve developed a programmatic plan that aligns with the Library’s own Strategic Plan. The OSCS program plan identifies six key outcomes and associated strategies for which we provide corresponding support services. We’ll provide regular updates about our progress toward these outcomes, and we welcome your feedback.


Out.1. Faculty, students, and scholars will have increased access to, and be able to make greater use of, scholarly resources in their research, publishing, and instruction.

1.  Support the creation, dissemination, and use of OA scholarship and open educational resources (OERs) with fewer use/reuse restrictions.

2.  Establish partnerships with and conduct outreach to scholars in all stages of the research and knowledge-creation processes—from data acquisition, creation, and management, through to content publishing and preservation—to support the use of OA or licensed materials in research. 

3.  Modify and streamline library permissions policies in ways that promote open access and lower research barriers.

4.  Help guide library licensing in a manner that maximizes content usability for advanced content/textual mining.



Out.2. Faculty, students, and scholars will better understand and make informed decisions about using licensed and intellectual property (IP) rights-protected materials in their research, scholarship, and teaching, and be able to better manage their own intellectual property rights as authors.

1.  Provide copyright and permissions advisory services and outreach regarding use of IP rights-protected and licensed materials within one’s scholarship and teaching—and particularly in ways that encourage the exercise of fair use.

2.  Provide services and outreach related to use and protection of authors’ own IP and other rights—such as education regarding author agreements and rights management, public access mandates, and licensing others to use one’s own scholarly output.

3.  Establish policies and services and provide outreach regarding research data publishing and licensing, data publishing mandates, and data-related IP and privacy issues.



Out.3. Faculty, students, and scholars will have a better understanding of their scholarly publishing options, and participate more in open access publishing.

1.  Provide education and guidance about scholarly publishing options and platforms, and consult with researchers about publishing rights and impact.

2.  Provide education and advocacy about OA, and support for UCB campus participation in OA publishing, repositories, or funds.

3.  Provide UCB scholars with better access to funding and infrastructure that supports their participation in open access publishing of scholarly resources.

4.  Establish relevant library policies and processes to further advance open access publishing platforms and opportunities.

5.  Help ensure that UCB researchers have access to the newest formats and channels for releasing and publishing their scholarship—including by pursuing and piloting emerging scholarly communication platforms and tools.

6.  Partner with university presses and publishers to promote OA publications by UCB scholars.



Out.4. Faculty, students, and scholars will garner greater impact for their scholarly publications.

1.  Provide guidance and support to ensure that UC Berkeley scholarship is well promoted, discoverable, and accessible.

2.  Provide support for the curation and preservation of UCB digital scholarship—thereby making UCB digital scholarly projects increasingly visible, discoverable, and well-stewarded.

3.  Provide guidance and outreach regarding scholarly impact tracking, metrics/alt-metrics, and improving scholarly profiles.

4.  Support the creation, dissemination, and use of OA scholarship and OERs to increase the visibility and use of UCB-authored scholarly materials.



Out.5. The UCB campus will be better informed about issues in the field of scholarly communication, and the specific actions that the library is taking to help shape or respond to these developments.

1.  Develop and deliver learning opportunities and training to foster knowledge of key and emerging issues and trends in scholarly communications.

2.  Provide useful, regular communication to faculty, students, and staff regarding scholarly communication issues.



Out.6. OSCS will help lead and build communities of practice to bring about positive change in the scholarly communication and publishing landscape.

1.  Participate in conferences forums, and intra- and inter-institutional partnerships that promote change in scholarly communication.

2.  Engage in research, writing, and analysis regarding key and emerging issues and trends in the scholarly communication field.

3.  Develop articles, conference papers, presentations, etc. to help shape policy and practices in scholarly publishing.

4.  Participate in national/international advocacy and leadership for OA to help make the world’s knowledge resources more discoverable and accessible.

5.  Pursue grant or other funding opportunities to achieve programmatic goals and outcomes.


Provide Input!

If there is anything you'd like to share with us about these goals, services, and strategies, we'd welcome the feedback. Please reach out to us at schol-comm@berkeley.edu.