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Open Access

Scholarly Communication at the UC San Diego Library

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Scholarly Communications Librarian

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Allegra Swift
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UC San Diego Library
9500 Gilman Dr. #0699
La Jolla, CA 92093-0699

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing and distribution model that provides free, unrestricted access to scholarship and research outputs. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results and content is open to all with no access fees.

Check out this PhD Comics introduction to Open Access featuring UC Davis Director, UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program, Jonathan Eisen.

Open Access Models

There are two models of Open Access publishing: Gold Open Access and Green Open Access.

Gold Open Access

Gold Open Access

Work is published in an Open Access journal that is freely available to all readers. Open journals are often funded through a subsidy from a hosting institution or professional body, or they charge an article processing fee that is paid by the author, academic institution or research sponsor.

Green Open Access

Green Open Access

Author chooses to deposit article in an online digital repository allowing readers to freely access and reuse the work. Authors may deposit preprints of their work without obtaining permission from a journal publisher and many journals also allow authors to archive their postprints. It is made available under Open Access regardless of the journal that it was published in.

Learn More About Open Access

Open Access Week Events

International Open Access Week 2021 UC San Diego Library Virtual Events

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[cancelled until further notice] October 27th at 7:00 - 8:00 pm [PST] - HOW TO GET STARTED PUBLISHING AS AN UNDERGRADUATE

What does your future hold? Will you apply to research labs, to graduate school, or are you heading straight into the job market? Build up your resume by taking advantage of open access publishing. Learn about the benefits as an author and from participating on editorial boards.

At this event, hear from students who have published, are editors, as well as tips from faculty authors and journal editors.


November. 3rd at 2:30-3:30 pm [PST] - OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING: Opportunities for UC San Diego Authors

Learn about open access publishing opportunities through the UC’s transformative agreements (open to UC authors) and other avenues open to all authors. 

The UC San Diego University Librarian, Erik Mitchell, will give an update on the UC Transformative Agreements and where we are in the process of increasing sustainable journal subscription access and OA publishing discounts or full-coverage for UC authors. 

Allegra Swift, UC San Diego Scholarly Communication Librarian, will discuss OA publishing avenues for authors whose publishing venue or format is not covered by the UC agreements.