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Upping access to open access

With the current system of scholarly publishing in a state of flux -- some might even say in crisis -- several institutions are experimenting with innovative ways of ensuring that their researchers can continue to effortlessly publish, read, and disseminate their work. Image: linkurl:flickr/wakingtiger;http://www.flickr.com/photos/wakingtiger/3157622608/ The problems in publishing aren't new, but are getting worse: Journal subscription costs are far out-stripping library budgets and research in

Elie Dolgin
With the current system of scholarly publishing in a state of flux -- some might even say in crisis -- several institutions are experimenting with innovative ways of ensuring that their researchers can continue to effortlessly publish, read, and disseminate their work.
Image: linkurl:flickr/wakingtiger;http://www.flickr.com/photos/wakingtiger/3157622608/
The problems in publishing aren't new, but are getting worse: Journal subscription costs are far out-stripping library budgets and research institutions are scrambling to make ends meet. Consequently, many libraries are subscribing to fewer journal titles and providing less financial support to help their faculty publish. But some libraries are creating novel platforms and partnerships to help combat these trends. In January, the linkurl:University of California Libraries;http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/ -- a collective of more than 100 libraries spanning 10 UC campuses -- minted an agreement with the publishing giant linkurl:Springer;http://www.springer.com/ so that all articles written by UC-affiliated authors would be published with full and immediate open access in...

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