UC digital library changing scholarly publication

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 December 2004


(2004), "UC digital library changing scholarly publication", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 32 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilds.2004.12232dab.008



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UC digital library changing scholarly publication

UC digital library changing scholarly publication

A movement is developing to create university depositories of author articles that can be linked to provide a searchable database that would be free to use. If this initiative takes off, as suggested by this news from the University of California, then commercial publishers will have a real threat to face rather than the current irritant. See also the “Literature Review” in this issue.In response to rising – “out of control” – costs of scholarly publications, the University of California Digital Library’s e-Scholarship repository (http://repositories.cdlib.org/) offers faculty a central online location for everything from technical reports to peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, says Catherine Candee, director of scholarly communication and publishing initiatives at UCDL. It provides university departments, centres and research units direct control over creation and dissemination of the full range of scholarly output, from pre-publication materials through journals and peer-reviewed series, and – beginning in May 2004 – posting of legally available UC authors’ commercially published articles. In addition to practical, day-to-day benefits and savings (in a little less than two years, the repository has seen almost 500,000 downloads of entire papers or articles), serendipitous benefits have surfaced. For example, the UCDL now boasts an infrastructure that allows administrators and faculty to focus on creating systemic change in the way authors and readers work.

Catherine Candee says:

We have technologies that allow broader, freer, more creative uses of text and data and we can begin to fashion badly needed services for the classroom, office and lab (Syllabus Magazine, May 2004).

Available at: www.syllabus.com/article.asp?id=9357