The 2019-2022 pilot has been extended through May 31, 2024. The UC wide subscription to protocols.io -- an open access repository for research methods. It is free to read and share for public methods, with paid individual and group accounts for private collaboration. Institutional accounts grant unlimited Premium use for all staff and students, for use in teaching and research.
As we seek to advance open access and open research on several fronts, the University of California continues to support ways to unlock the underlying methods and protocols used in lab experiments. Particularly for the protocols.io pilot, the aim is to remove barriers to adoption of protocols.io for private collaboration around method development and for use in classrooms. In the long term, this initiative should increase reproducibility and rigour of the research published by UC academics.
The protocols.io platform has deep roots in the University of California system. In addition, more than 10% of the researchers registered on protocols.io are from one of the UC campuses. Many of these researchers are using protocols.io in a private mode.
By launching this pilot, we hope to increase the managing and tracking of research methods, enabling better reporting and more reproducible publications from the UC research community. There are no financial or resource obligations from campuses.
We have posted are some important details about the pilot and protocols.io below and on the Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC) blog. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the University of California Curation Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).