Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jake Holweger
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer repository hosting that makes versions of journal articles, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed scholarly works by its employees freely available on the public internet?:

Website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of the open access repository:

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. VCU Libraries administers and oversees the Scholars Compass.

Scholars Compass hosts content that is produced, submitted, or sponsored by VCU faculty, researchers, or staff, and demonstrates scholarly, educational, or research value. Presentations at professional conferences and publications in scholarly venues from graduate and professional students are encouraged. Other content produced or submitted by VCU students must be sponsored by VCU faculty, researchers, or 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Content housed in VCU Scholars Compass can include but is not limited to: published or unpublished faculty research; conference papers and proceedings; presentations, technical reports and working papers; books and book chapters; multimedia; administrative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; and software.

Does the institution have a published policy that requires its employees to publish scholarly works open access or archive final post-peer reviewed versions of scholarly works in an open access repository?:

A copy of the institution's open access policy:

The institution's open access policy:

VCU and VCU Libraries support Open Access. However, there is no published university-level policy on open access that "requires its employees to publish scholarly works open access or archive final post-peer reviewed versions of scholarly works in an open access repository." The VCU Libraries Faculty Organization passed a Faculty Open Access Resolution in 2012 in support of library faculty making their research freely available whenever possible.

"The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries faculty believes that open access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication and for the future of libraries and education. Our local, state, and professional communities cannot be engaged by our scholarship if published in journals that they cannot access. For these reasons we resolve to make our own research freely available whenever possible by seeking publishers that have either adopted open access policies, publish contents online without restriction, and/or allow authors to self-archive their publications on the web. We resolve to link to and/or self-archive our publications to make them freely accessible, negotiating with publishers when necessary to achieve this."

Does the policy cover the entire institution? :

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:

A brief description of the open access APC fund:

Although the VCU Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund was decommissioned, VCU Libraries has negotiated for coverage of article processing charges within publisher contracts, for example, with the Royal Society of Chemistry and DeGruyter. VCU Libraries, as well as Virginia’s academic library consortium VIVA, continue to seek agreements with publishers that include coverage of APCs for VCU authors.

The VCU Libraries subscription to Royal Society of Chemistry journals includes article processing charges for up to 18 VCU-authored articles each year. If you want to publish an open access article in an RSC journal, view the full guidelines and author instructions.
URL: https://guides.library.vcu.edu/open-access/author-support

"After five years of successfully supporting faculty publications, VCU Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund will be decommissioned May 15... The fund is being decommissioned because while this funding has helped to support the publication of more than 100 open access articles, it is not a sustainable or scalable model that will foster strategic changes in the traditional scholarly publication ecosystem. In fact, more than 50 percent of funded APCs were paid to the five large commercial publishers -- Sage, Elsevier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and Springer -- which continued at the same time to charge significant subscription fees in addition to enjoying APC revenue for open access journal articles. VCU Libraries joins a growing number of research libraries, including the University of Virginia, that have discontinued open access fund subsidies for these reasons."
URL: https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/news/2020-news/open-access-publishing-funding-stream-ends-may-15.html

Does the institution provide open access journal hosting services through which peer-reviewed open access journals are hosted on local servers with dedicated staff who provide publishing support at no (or minimal) cost?:

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:

VCU Libraries provides open access journal hosting services through which peer-reviewed open access journals are hosted on servers licensed by the university with dedicated staff who provide publishing support at no cost. See the Scholars Compass section for Journals and Peer-Reviewed Series
URL: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/peer_review_list.html

Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Portions of this text are attributed to Hillary Miller - Scholarly Communications Librarian, VCU Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University


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