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Scholarly communication is the life-blood of the university’s teaching and research mission. Issues of copyright, intellectual property rights, and the long-term preservation of digital assets are posing new challenges to faculty, schools, & librarians.
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Best Practices for Fair Use in Copyright

ARL Code of Best Practices for Fair USe for Academic and Resaerch Libraries

Webinar that summarizes Fair USe for Copyrighted material. The video runs 1:00 hour.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use to support academic inquiry and higher education. 

Important Related Resources

The UCI Scholarly Communications Website is the major source of events and news regarding publishing and data issues at UCI.

  • UCI Scholarly Communciations
    UCI's base of information on Scholary Communications and related issues.
  • UCISpace@the Libraries
    UCIspace @ the Libraries is an open access service for the UCI community to publish, manage, and preserve diverse kinds of research output.

  • UC eScholarship
    eScholarship is the CDL Publishing Group’s open access scholarly publishing platform, providing digital publishing services to the University of California and delivering a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide
    Online data repository for UCI campus researchers.
  • UCI DIgital Scholarship Services
    The UCI Libraries Digital Scholarship Service helps the UC Irvine community publish, share and preserve the digital products of research.
  • UC Pubs
    A collaboration between the CDL’s Publishing Group and UC Press, UCPubS offers UC departments, research units, and publishing programs the flexibility to provide free digital access to their book projects while retaining the ability to sell print copies.


Open Access Week - October 20-26, 2014

Celebrate and Promote Generation Open!
Open Access Week - October 20-26, 2014
Open Access is the free, immediate availability of scholarly information on the public Internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of articles and other content.
International Open Access Week
Video created by UC Merced Library and UCM Office of Communications.


Open Access Policy 2013 for University of California

2013 UC Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty at all 10 campuses of the University of California, and as many as 40,000 publications a year.  It follows more than 175 other universities who have adopted similar so-called “green” open access policies.  By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications.  Previously, publishers had sole control of the distribution of these articles.  All research publications covered by the policy will continue to be subjected to rigorous peer review; they will still appear in the most prestigious journals across all fields; and they will continue to meet UC’s standards of high quality.  Learn more about the policy and its implementation here:

Latest news and updates from Regaining Control of Scholary Communications

Get a Waiver, Embargo, or Addendum for your Publisher

“Upon express direction by a Faculty member, the University of California will waive the license for a particular article or delay access to the article for a specified period of time.”              -UC Open Access Policy, July 24, 2013


What is Scholarly Communications?

Scholarly Communications is used to describe the process of academics, scholars and researchers have for sharing and publishing their  their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community.  Extending that definition, scholarly communications is also about the creation, transformation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge related to teaching, research and scholarly endeavors. The background for this was the escalating prices that libraries were paying for "buying back" research that was conducted at their institutions by their own faculty members.  Today, the notion of scholarly communications includes a call for sustainable pricing from scholarly and commercial publishers.  It also encourages the awareness of the creation, transformation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge related to teaching, research and scholarly endeavors. 

An understanding of scholarly communications assumes familiarity with:

  • author rights
  • the economics of scholarly resources
  • new models of publishing
  • open access
  • institutional repositories
  • rights and access to federally funded research
  • preservation of intellectual assets
  • copyright
  • plagiarism

Basic resources about Scholarly Communications include the following recommended materials:

Associations & Organizations

  • ARL
    ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. ARL has created SPARC as the umbrella for its scholarly communications activities.
  • SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
    SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by ARL, it has become a catalyst for change. Action by SPARC in collaboration with stakeholders--including authors, publishers, and libraries--builds on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship. Leading academic organizations have endorsed SPARC.

  • SPARC Campus-based Publishing Resource Center
    Provides information for libraries, presses, and other academic units interested in launching and maintaining campus-based publishing partnerships.
  • Create Change
    An educational initiative that examines opportunities in scholarly communication, advocates changes that recognize the potential of the networked digital environment, and encourages active participation by scholars and researchers to guide change. Initiated by the ARL.
  • Digital Scholarship
    Provides information and commentary about copyright, digital rights management, network neutrality, open access, and scholarly electronic publishing issues.
  • Scholarly Communication Institute
    Provides opportunities for leaders in scholarly disciplines, academic libraries, advanced technologies, and higher education administration to study, develop, and implement creative strategies to advance scholarly communication.
    SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research.


To get help with any of these databases, or if you have problems logging in contact:

  • Mitchell Brown
  • 230 Francisco J. Ayala Science Library
  • Office: 949-824-9732


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