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UC Takes on Publishing Giant, Fights for Open Access to Publicly-Funded Research

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UC Berkeley students walk through Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus April 17, 2007 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The University of California, which publishes about 10 percent of the country’s scientific research, paid more than $10 million in 2018 to access and publish its own research in scientific journals owned by the publisher Elsevier. Now, UC is taking the lead on a push for “open access” content, which would make publicly-funded research free and immediately accessible to the public. We’ll discuss what the conflict between UC and Elsevier reveals about the scientific publishing industry and changes that may be on the horizon.


Randy Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley

Jeff MacKie-Mason, university librarian and chief digital scholarship officer, University of California, Berkeley; co-chair, UC Publisher Negotiation Task Force

Rick Anderson, associate dean; University of Utah Library; member, Elsevier advisory board

Alison Mudditt, chief executive officer, The Public Library of Science (PLOS)


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