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Open Access @ VCU

Point the world to your research!

Why Open Access?

Open access allows anyone to read peer-reviewed research articles without charge, thereby facilitating:

  • Accelerated discovery. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
  • Public enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open Access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
  • Improved education. Open Access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.

The Open Access Continuum

Open Access refers to peer-reviewed literature that is online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.