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Scholars Compass

Scholars Compass is a publishing platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities. Its goal is to provide wide and stable access to the exemplary work of VCU’s faculty, researchers, students, and staff.

Content housed in VCU Scholars Compass can include but is not limited to:

  • published or unpublished faculty research
  • conference papers and proceedings
  • presentations, technical reports and working papers
  • books and book chapters
  • multimedia
  • administrative and policy documents
  • theses and dissertations
  • data sets
  • peer-reviewed journals and other series
  • instructional material and courseware
  • software

Federal Public Access Mandates

Funders are recognizing that the articles and data produced by the research they fund is most useful to society when it is made freely available to the public. Governments, foundations, charities, and other organizations are starting to require funded authors to make their articles and data available to the public. 

In 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo directing federal government agencies with more than $100M in research and development expenditures to develop plans to support public access to research publications and improved data management and accountability. As a result, many agencies have released new policies for researchers who receive grant funding. See our research guide for more information on how to Comply with Public Access Mandates.

All NIH grantees must deposit their peer-reviewed articles upon acceptance for publication and make them available to the public in PubMed Central within 12 months after publication. See our research guide on the NIH Public Access Policy.