Today, the California Digital Library announced a three-year pilot for unlimited protocols.io subscriptions for each of the ten UC campuses. The partnership aims to facilitate collaborative method-development and to increase research reproducibility. This pilot also expands the enormous role that the University of California and its members have played in the protocols.io journey since the very beginning.In fact, on a personal level, my experience as a graduate student at UC Berkeley between 2003 and 2009 was very important, long before we had the idea for protocols.io. As an entering graduate student, co-advised by Michael Eisen, the cofounder of the Public Library of Science, I had a front-row view of the 2003 launch of PLOS\u2019s first journal PLOS Biology. I witnessed the creation of radically transformative megajournal PLOS ONE. I became a passionate advocate for open access and learned that efforts to improve science communication are possible and worth the energy.In 2012, when we came up with the idea for a central open access repository for research methods, I called Professor Eisen and asked if PLOS could build it. The answer was, \u201cPLOS is a publisher, not software developer; you have to build it.\u201d So then, my next phone call was to my other Berkeley graduate co-advisor, Jasper Rine. That\u2019s when I learned that in 1999, his postdoc Chris Yoo started bioprotocol.com, with exactly the same vision. Though bioprotocol.com was too early, Dr. Yoo gave us lots of valuable tips on how to approach this and what mistakes to avoid.Professor Rine, yielding to months of my begging, finally joined our board of directors in 2013 and has been helping, advising, and supporting protocols.io since then. It\u2019s fair to say that protocols.io would be nowhere near its current form without the help of Professor Rine. However, the connections between protocols.io and UC go far beyond my graduate advisors.The very first public talk I gave on protocols.io, just days after we launched it, was at the \u201cPublish or Perish\u201d meeting in UC Davis, February of 2014. That summer, we were accepted into the UC Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator, giving us office space, advisors, and a network of other entrepreneurs to learn from. And after graduating from Skydeck in 2015, for a period of three months, UC Press was kind to host us until we could afford to move into our current Berkeley office. Since then, we\u2019ve taken part in countless events across the UC Campuses, organized by librarians and academics, helping us connect to researchers and recruit early adopters.Given our history, it is not surprising that more than ten percent of registered researchers on protocols.io are from the University of California campuses. We are deeply grateful to the members of the UC community for their support and we look forward to expanding the benefits of protocols.io for them through this pilot.