University of California, San Diego


February 22, 2005


SUBJECT:    New Electronic Reprint Service

The University of California Libraries are pleased to announce a new service, designed to bring wider recognition to your research and scholarship.

A new electronic reprint service for UC faculty and researchers will allow you to easily and seamlessly post copies of your most recent work to a website maintained by the California Digital Library. A feature of the CDL's popular eScholarship Repository site http://repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship/ , this "postprint service" is designed to provide ongoing access to your work by readers around the world, whether or not they, or their institution, subscribe to the journal in which it originally appeared.

The Libraries are now able to offer this service because a number of publishers have liberalized their copyright policies. Many now offer authors the option to post their author's final version of material submitted to the publisher (and some even permit a pdf from the journal publisher's site) in an institutional repository like eScholarship's new Postprint service. The CDL's new site will provide assistance in determining if your publisher permits institutional archiving.

The Postprint Service is open to all UC authors of peer-reviewed articles. To help populate it, the CDL has collected over 25,000 citations to articles with at least one UC author from 2004, from publishers who generally permit posting to repositories. If you wrote one of these citations, you will be receiving an email in the next couple of weeks encouraging you to log on to the site and deposit your paper in an appropriate format. The CDL will be searching for additional citations and mailing them to faculty on a monthly basis.

We hope you will take advantage of this new service, which the Libraries believe will help us to improve the flow of scholarly communication. More information about the ongoing crisis in scholarly publishing can be found at http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu.

If you have questions or comments regarding the new service, please contact Susan Starr, Associate University Librarian-Sciences & Scholarly Communications at: or (858)534-3418.

Susan S. Starr
Associate University Librarian
Sciences & Scholarly Communications