Keynote – MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis
Moving to Open: the University of California’s strategy and experience with transforming journal publishing
The University of California (UC) – the largest public research university in the United States – is committed to advancing open access and changing its business relationship with scholarly publishers. UC has notably been out of contract with Elsevier since January 2019, without access to recent articles in ScienceDirect since July. Since then, library and faculty representatives have closely monitored changes in how researchers access published scholarship and the impact of those changes on their research. UC is also testing new models for supporting publication costs, including ‘subscribe to open’ and multi-payer systems in which institutions and researchers share responsibility for paying publication fees. Finally, UC is working closely with publishers and other research institutions on experiments and cooperative strategies to accelerate open access and rationalise how publishing costs are controlled and sustained over time.
MacKenzie will discuss the findings so far of the impact of the Elsevier stand off, attitudes and reactions from researchers across the organisation, and progress with publishers towards transformative agreements that support UC’s dual goals of open access and sustainable cost.