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Celebrating 10 Years of the UCSF Open Access Policy - Panel Presentation and Reception In-Person / Online

Come celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the UCSF Open Access Policy and hear from three visionaries about the impact and future of open access publishing. This event takes place on Friday, October 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm at Mission Bay, followed by a reception. It will also be broadcast online.

UCSF passed the first Open Access Policy at the University of California in 2012. The policy ensures that faculty can post their final accepted article manuscripts without paying a cent to the publisher, so that their work can be freely accessed by all. UCSF's policy influenced the passing of a UC-wide policy for faculty in 2013 and for all other scholarly authors in 2015.

Our three panelists will talk about:

  • The catalyst for an Open Access Policy and how UCSF became the first UC to have one
  • The impact of the UC OA Policies and open access publisher agreements on the publishing landscape
  • What the future holds for open access publishing

This is a hybrid event, offered in person at the Mission Bay campus as well as via Zoom, followed by a reception for in-person attendees. The Zoom link will be sent to those who register for the online event. All are welcome to join!

Watch the recording for this event on YouTube


3:00-4:00 pm - moderated discussion with panelists and Q&A - Mission Hall 1400 and via Zoom

4:00-4:30 pm - reception with snacks and beverages at Mission Hall

This event is co-sponsored by the Academic Senate and the Library and is part of 2022 International Open Access Week. Learn more about open access and how it works.


Rich Schneider, PhD, is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has been at UCSF since 1998, when he started as a Postdoc after receiving his PhD in Zoology from Duke University. Rich is a developmental biologist, and a goal of his research is to produce novel molecular therapies for regenerating skeletal tissues affected by birth defects, disease, and trauma. Rich’s work has also helped elucidate mechanisms of skeletal patterning and evolution. For more than 18 years, Rich has been vigorously engaged in issues related to scholarly communication, academic publishing, and open access (OA). He has spent multiple terms serving as Chair of both the UCSF and the UC System-wide Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) of the Academic Senate, and he led the effort to create and unanimously pass an OA Policy for UCSF faculty in 2012. In addition, he helped draft a UC System-wide OA Policy in 2013 and a Presidential OA Policy in 2015. Rich also spearheaded the effort by UCSF to become a signatory to the OA2020 initiative, and he motivated the Academic Senate to endorse a "Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication," which he devised as Chair of UCOLASC in order to make scholarly communication more open, fair, transparent, and sustainable when applied by UC during license negotiations with journal publishers. Since 2018, Rich has been serving on the UC team that is negotiating transformative open access agreements with publishers and he has been deeply involved in planning strategies and outreach to faculty.


Marta Margeta, MD PhD, is a Professor of Pathology at UCSF. She completed her MD degree at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and has been at UCSF since 1997, when she joined Jan Lab as a postdoctoral research fellow after receiving her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago; this research fellowship was followed by a residency in Anatomic Pathology and a clinical fellowship in Neuropathology. Marta is a diagnostic neuropathologist, medical educator, and translational researcher; the goals of her current research are to develop new diagnostic methods, improve diagnostic criteria, and advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of neuromuscular disorders. Marta has been a passionate advocate for open access and modernization of scholarly communication since the early days of her research career, and has most recently served as the Chair of both UCSF and UC Committees on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCSF COLASC and system-wide UCOLASC, respectively), a member of the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee (SLASIAC), a member of the UC Office for Scholarly Communication, and a member of the 5-person team that negotiates open access agreements on the behalf of the entire UC system. In addition to this policy-based work, Marta directly contributes to advancement of scholarly communication by serving as a managing editor of two scientific journals.


Catherine Mitchell, PhD, is the director of the California Digital Library’s Publishing, Archives, and Digitization (PAD) program, which provides the University of California research community with innovative open access publishing and distribution solutions, and aggregates world-class digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California. For the past 10 years, this program has had primary responsibility for establishing infrastructure and services in support of the UC open access policies’ implementation. PAD is also home to eScholarship, UC’s open access publishing program and institutional repository, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Catherine additionally serves as Operations Director of UC’s Office of Scholarly Communication and, in this capacity, is particularly engaged in questions of use, value, authorship, and professional legitimacy.

Friday, Oct 21 2022
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Time Zone:
Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
Mission Hall 1400
Mission Bay
  Copyright     Education and Research     Open Access     Scholarly Communication  
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Anneliese Taylor

Head of Scholarly Communication