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Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication

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Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication. University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC). April 2018.

The University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) has strongly and unanimously endorsed (12-0) a set of 18 principles that they propose be taken into account when the University of California engages in its upcoming and future journal license negotiations with commercial publishers. These principles were developed by UCOLASC during the course of the year with input from various stakeholders across the University and at other like-minded academic institutions.

UCOLASC firmly believes that if adopted, these principles have great potential to transform the system of scholarly communication from one that remains closed and unaffordable, to one that is more open, fair, transparent, and sustainable. UCOLASC believes that these principles support the mission of UC to serve the public good by “providing long-term societal benefits through transmitting advanced knowledge, discovering new knowledge, and functioning as an active working repository of organized knowledge.”

UCOLASC devised and endorsed these 18 principles 1) to signal their collective commitment to advance the public mission of UC; 2) to accelerate their ongoing effort to make the products of UC research and scholarship as freely and widely available as possible through open access;
and 3) to leverage faculty backing to ensure that UC spends taxpayer money in the most
ethically, morally, and socially-responsible way when entering into agreements with publishers.

In closing, while publishers continue to go to great lengths to restrict the rights and academic
freedom of authors, UCOLASC believes that this proposal can help restore the balance of power and give faculty more control over the fruits of their labor. Based on these principles, their expectation is that UC will push for terms and conditions in publisher agreements that are transformative and closely aligned with our short- and long-term goals for scholarly communication.

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