University Exceeds Five Million eScholarship Hits

    The University of California announced this week that its
    widely used eScholarship Repository surpassed the five-million mark for
    full-text downloads of its open access scholarly content.

    This milestone reflects the impressive adoption and usage
    rate the repository has seen since its inception in 2002, with UC academic
    units and departments from its 10 campuses publishing or depositing more than
    20,000 papers and works.

    The repository houses a broad range of scholarly content and
    provides a publishing platform for pre-prints, post-prints, peer-reviewed
    articles, edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals.

    The usage rate of these materials has grown exponentially in
    the past five years and now often exceeds 55,000 full-text downloads per week.

    The eScholarship Repository represents one of the
    university’s most successful and sustained efforts to improve and offer
    innovative alternatives to the scholarly publishing system, which struggles to
    serve the needs and requirements of the academic community.

    “We’re very excited about the uptake and use of the
    eScholarship Repository at the University of California,” said Catherine
    Candee, executive director of strategic publishing and broadcast services at UC
    Office of the President, in a press release. “Our open access publishing
    platform represents a critical component of UC’s broader effort to strengthen
    university-based publishing services and integrate them into the research,
    teaching and public service mission of the university.”

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