The UC Faculty Senate announced today that:
The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. “The Academic Council’s adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-year process culminating in two years of formal review and revision,” said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Council. “Council’s intent is to make these articles widely— and freely— available in order to advance research everywhere.” Articles will be available to the public without charge via eScholarship (UC’s open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals. Open access benefits researchers, educational institutions, businesses, research funders and the public by accelerating the pace of research, discovery and innovation and contributing to the mission of advancing knowledge and encouraging new ideas and services.
I think I'm in favor of this move, especially since it's possible for a faculty member to opt out on a case by case basis and because the UC claims it won't try to make money off the repository.
In the law school context, most law reviews seem to have resigned themselves to open access via SSRN. But I wonder how this will effect my colleagues in other disciplines, especially those where for-profit journals are common. The release claims that:
The adoption of this policy across the UC system also signals to scholarly publishers that open access, in terms defined by faculty and not by publishers, must be part of any future scholarly publishing system. The faculty remains committed to working with publishers to transform the publishing landscape in ways that are sustainable and beneficial to both the University and the public.
For-profit journals likely will note that the policy is not intended to be "beneficial" to them.