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.
Article Processing Charges
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.