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Open Access

VCU Open Access Publishing Fund

The VCU Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund was decommissioned on May 15, 2020. Funding from VCU Libraries is no longer available to subsidize authors’ article processing charges (APCs) required by some open access journals. VCU Libraries encourages authors to pursue funds from other sources, such as grant or departmental funds, to pay for the full cost of article fees.


Article processing charges for fully open access Wiley journals are covered by VIVA (Virginia’s academic library consortium). 

VCU faculty (of any rank or type) and graduate students are eligible. To qualify, a VCU author must be listed as the corresponding author of a primary research or review article. If you have grant funds that can be used to cover publication costs, VIVA asks that you use these in lieu of requesting VIVA funds for your publication.

Author Workflow

  1. Choose from one of Wiley's fully open access journals.

2. When you submit your article to Wiley's manuscript submission system, look up and enter VCU’s account code when prompted. The current code is V044.

3. VIVA and VCU are notified of your request.

4. If your request is approved, you will receive a confirmation email. Your accepted article is then published open access under a Creative Commons license on Wiley Online Library. If your request is denied, you will receive an email asking you to pay for your APC. Paid articles are then published open access under a Creative Commons license on Wiley Online Library.

To find out more about VIVA's agreement with Wiley and their efforts to support sustainable journal pricing, visit their FAQ:

Royal Society of Chemistry

VCU's subscription to Royal Society of Chemistry journals includes article processing charges for up to 18 VCU authored articles each year. In 2019, 14 VCU authored articles accepted for publication were published OA under this agreement.

Author Instructions

In order for the RSC manuscript submission system to identify you as a VCU author and show you the correct open access options, make sure you:

  1. Are listed as the corresponding author, both in the submission system and in your manuscript.
  2. Use your VCU email address and list Virginia Commonwealth University as your institution affiliation, both in your manuscript and in the submission system and throughout the entire publishing process.

If your manuscript is accepted for publication, make sure you choose and sign either the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access license.