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Open Access Defined

Open access (OA) means free unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose, subject to proper attirbution of authorship.

While OA is free to the reader, article processing charges (APCs) are a central mechanism for funding Open Access (OA) scholarly publishing.


    Author Discounts at VCU

    To support Open Access publishing by VCU faculty, VCU Libraries holds memberships to several initiatives that result in reduced or no author fees.

    Does NIH fund your research?

    Then your manuscript must be made publicly available in PubMed. This guide will help you navigate the mandatory policy for NIH-funded investigators.


    • Why Open Access? From SPARC®
      SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.
    • How Open Is It?
      Charts the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access” covering reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights.
    • Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
      For Researchers, Librarians, Publishers, Administrators; includes Briefing Papers, Guides, Overviews, Presentations.
    • Authors' rights initiative
      Secure your rights as an article author with SPARC's Author Addendum.
    • A brief history
      Introduction to the Open Access movement from boycotts to OA mandates.

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