eScholarship (www.escholarship.org) launches a redesigned Web site today (Oct. 19), with a substantial array of digital publishing services for the University of California scholarly community and a dynamic research platform for scholars worldwide.
Previously known as UC's eScholarship Repository, the new eScholarship offers a robust scholarly publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.
"Our relaunch of eScholarship reflects the enormous value we see in recasting the institutional repository as an open access publisher," says Catherine Mitchell, director of the publishing group at the California Digital Library. "There is significant need across the University of California campuses for a sustainable infrastructure to support the publication and dissemination of research. In our efforts to respond to this need, we have watched our institutional repository evolve into a dynamic platform for the original publication of scholarly work."
eScholarship's relaunch coincides with the first international Open Access Week (Oct. 19-23), an event that marks the growing trend toward providing unfettered access to academic research and publications throughout the world.
eScholarship publication types
UC-affiliated scholars, editors, and research unit administrators can publish the following original works in eScholarship:
- working papers
- conference proceedings
- seminar/paper series
eScholarship also continues to provide deposit and dissemination services for previously published articles or "postprints."
New services, enhanced functionality
The relaunch of eScholarship brings new opportunities for digital publishing to the University of California and offers substantially improved services for previously supported publication types.
Books published in eScholarship are now eligible for a combined digital/print publication service, courtesy of UC Publishing Services (UCPubS), a joint program of UC Press and the California Digital Library. In addition, eScholarship now offers conference lifecycle support, including mechanisms for proposal submission, program display, and the ultimate publication of proceedings.
Much of the site redesign has been focused on improving the quality of access to eScholarship publications. The site is optimized for Google searches; PDFs can be viewed in their entirety without download; and research can be shared easily through third party social networking sites and RSS feeds.
Likewise, the ability to locate relevant scholarship within the new site is greatly improved as a result of the implementation of:
- a highly developed similar items finder
- visual snippets of keywords within documents (KWIC Pics) accessible from the search results page
- facets for narrowing search results by UC campus, discipline, and peer review-status
- keyword search capability within documents
These new services and tools all add up to a vastly enhanced experience for authors, editors and publishing program directors — and for the researchers who seek out their work.
What can UC authors expect from publishing with eScholarship?
- Digital publication of original scholarship
- Digital dissemination of previously published materials
- Manuscript and peer-review management systems
- Significant reduction in time to publication
- Author retention of copyright
- Clear institutional affiliation and context
- Increased citation rates
- Perpetual access and preservation services
- Full-text search and display
- Comprehensive usage data
- Free setup, training and publishing support
Who is using eScholarship?
Among its many services, eScholarship supports the original publication of more than 20 peer-reviewed journals, including California Agriculture (UC Davis), Journal of Transnational American Studies (UC Santa Barbara), Nutrition Bytes (UCLA), Places (UC Berkeley), San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (UC Davis) and the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (UC Irvine).
"We have used eScholarship to manage, edit, and publish the online journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science," says Dr. Samuel N. Luoma, SFEWS editor-in-chief. "As a source of peer-reviewed, credible, and objective information, SFEWS is recognized by all stakeholders as playing an important role in understanding California's water issues. We simply could not have succeeded in bringing this information to scientists, the public, and policy makers without the open access and high degree of professionalism provided by eScholarship. eScholarship is a service of inestimable value to the UC scholarly community, Californians in general and the world."
eScholarship also provides access to publications from nearly 250 research units and publishing programs across UC, including: Center for Conservation Biology (UC Riverside), Center for the Study of Democracy (UC Irvine), Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF), Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities (UC Berkeley), International and Area Studies Publications (UC Berkeley), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (UC San Diego) and Santa Cruz Center for International Economics (UC Santa Cruz.
"eScholarship is central to our publishing mission, offering a level of access, discoverability, and online permanence that traditional publishers cannot match," says Nathan MacBrien, publications director, International and Area Studies Publications, UC Berkeley. "Anyone, anywhere in the world, with an Internet connection can read our books, and that is particularly important for scholars in developing countries where English-language books are difficult to come by."
Initiated in 2002 as a collaborative development effort between the Berkeley Electronic Press and the California Digital Library, eScholarship now houses more than 30,000 publications with more than 9 million downloads to date. eScholarship offers the UC academic community a robust alternative to traditional scholarly publishing channels, supporting the dissemination of UC research at all stages of the scholarly lifecycle to all corners of the world. The rate of usage of these materials has grown dramatically in the past seven years, now often exceeding 170,000 full-text downloads per month.
eScholarship is a project of the Publishing Group of the California Digital Library and a showcase for the group's open source search and display technology development. eScholarship's publication submission system was originally developed and is still maintained by the Berkeley Electronic Press.