eScholarship: UC Provides Research & Publishing Alternative

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At a recent standing-room only talk at Shields Library, Dr. Dan Greenstein, executive director of UC's Office of Scholarly Communication and the California Digital Library, discussed the rising costs of scholarly journal subscriptions for UC libraries, and encouraged researchers to turn, instead, new online tools, which strengthen scholarly publishing capacities and ensure access for all. The CDL has created a set of publishing initiatives, called eScholarship, to provide alternative ways to share scholarly research.

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What is eScholarship? Begun in 2002 as a UC-wide initiative funded by the California Digital Library, eScholarship deals with the creation, peer review, management, dissemination, and preservation of scholarly research. It is designed to help instructors and researchers share and discuss their work with colleagues and peers worldwide in a controlled and UC-authorized forum. eScholarship also provides access to a wide range of research materials used by UC-affiliated scholars. To that end, eScholarship has been divided into three services: eScholarship Editions, the eScholarship Repository, and eScholarship Publications.

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eScholarship Editions: Peruse, Print, or Purchase Books The Editions portion of the eScholarship program, located at texts.cdlib.org/escholarship, provides free online access to hundreds of books-and many hundreds more if you are a UC affiliate-from academic presses. The Editions Web site houses texts as varied as The Dinosauria, an international collection of paleontologic essays on our reptilian predecessors, and Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews with the master of cinematic thrillers. Readers can view full-text versions of these and 1,400 other eScholarship Editions, and can search within a book's contents, print portions of the book, or purchase it outright from the publisher.

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eScholarship Repository: An Intellectual Cornucopia The Repository (repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship) is another avenue for researchers to share their work, from in-progress collaborations with their peers to post-publication filing of the research. The author's department or research unit acts as gatekeeper to the site, and access to the work is predetermined by the author; thus, researchers can share their work in a safe academic setting. \tUC Davis' Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care provides a batch of reports in the Repository arising from research prepared for the State of California. These papers and all other Repository papers can be downloaded by interested scholars for review and citation. \tScholars can also be kept abreast of new research published in their fields of interest by clicking on the "Notify me of new papers" link. An email will automatically be sent to the subscriber when a paper on her chosen topic is filed. To date, the eScholarship Repository has provided over one million papers to interested readers. \tWhat's more, the Repository provides a means for authors who've completed a chapter for a book to share that chapter with a select audience prior to the entire collection being printed. This system, points out UC Davis Librarian Gail Yokote, acts as "a reward for authors who submit their work on time." No longer do they have to wait for the entire book to be published for their individual work to be seen by the scholarly community. \tThe eScholarship Repository also provides Web space and layout templates for online peer-reviewed journals, including UCLA's Nutrition Bytes, UC Riverside's Opolis: An International Journal of Suburban and Metropolitan Studies, and UC Irvine's Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences. To access this portion of the Repository, click on "journals and peer -reviewed series."

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eScholarship Publications: Data Organized by Field eScholarship Publications includes experimental interactive publications and legacy content formed by organizations (such as academic societies) wanting to provide contextual background for online data; hence, a scholar wanting to learn more about dermatology, could search the Dermatology Online Journal rather than typing in separate dermatology-related search terms into the Repository. By doing so, the scholar would not only find the material organized for him, but would also have it contextualized by the journal's editors.
\tScholars interested in forming a subject-specific journal or legacy register should contact Gail Yokote at gyokote@ucdavis.edu or Catherine Candee at Catherine.Candee@ucop.edu.

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Want More Information? More information on eScholarship can be found at the following Web site: www.cdlib.org/programs/escholarship.html.