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Open Access

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.

Update: Wiley Open Access Journals

In light of recent financial difficulties across higher education institutions, including in Virginia, article processing charges for fully open access Wiley journals are no longer covered by VIVA (Virginia’s academic library consortium) as of September 17, 2020. Any requests for funding that have already been approved are not affected. If you were ready to submit a manuscript to one of these journals with the expectation of article processing charge funding, please contact Hillary Miller at

Update: 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.

Update: Hindawi Publishing Support