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Open Access Publishing

What is VCU Libraries Doing to Make Journal Collections Sustainable?

VCU Libraries is committed to providing access to materials critical for research and teaching. We want to ensure that our spending commitments align with community needs, that we are responsible stewards of our budget in a rapidly evolving information landscape, and that we contain and control costs wherever possible.

In order to do this, we are assembling, evaluating, and sharing some important information about cost, usage, and growth trends for several large journal packages, often called “Big Deals.” This will help us assess whether or not these packages provide good value and represent a sustainable part of our overall investment in information on behalf of the University.

"Big Deal" Cancellations

Big Deals, For-Profit Publishers, and the Academy

Research Incentives Beyond Journal Prestige