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Open Access

A brief guide about open access

OA Books

Tools for Finding OA Materials

Publisher Copyright Policies

Authors who are faced with a publication contract that seeks transfer of the copyright should not hesitate to negotiate new terms or at least to reserve rights to use their own work in future teaching and writing and publish their work in a repository or find a different publisher. There are resources that can help in making decisions about their copyrights. 

Resources: 

  • The Authors Alliance: Promotes authorship for the "public good by supporting authors who write to be read." 
  • Author Rights & the SPARC Author Addendum: SPARC promotes authors' rights and open access. SPARC's author addendum allow authors retain open access rights in their author agreement. 
  • Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine: Creative Commons offers this addendum engine to assist authors in creating addenda to be included with publication agreements. These documents amend the publication agreement to allow authors to retain rights to use and share their work. 
  • SHERPA/RoMEO: This project offers important insight into the language of publication agreements. 

Publisher Agreements

JMU Libraries has some agreements in place to reduce costs associated with Article Processing Charges (APCs) for JMU faculty publishing in open access journals. JMU Libraries has no central fund to provide APC support.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    The VIVA consortium provides JMU authors a discount on APCs for AAAS publications. To receive these savings, authors should submit their institution's AAAS number upon acceptance of their manuscript. JMU’s AAAS number is 1935984. The current level of savings on APCs is $150. 
  • MDPI
    JMU Libraries is a member of the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) of the Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI) group. The IOAP membership also allows JMU authors to publish on the MDPI platform at a 10% discount in article publishing charges. Content is available on the MDPI website
    For information about how to submit articles for publication, consult the IOAP program guide

Read and Publish Deals (No APCs)

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

VIVA and ACM have partnered to develop a new, consortial read and publish agreement. Corresponding authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish articles in ACM journals, magazines, and proceedings as Open Access with no fees to the author (the agreement does not include books or book chapters) from October 1, 2021 to December 31, 2024. Authors who do not wish to publish OA may opt out and publish their work as subscription-only. Users will continue to have full read/subscription access to the content in the ACM Digital Library.

Author instructions can be found at the VIVA website.

  • Cambridge University Press

JMU Libraries has a contract with Cambridge that allows any JMU corresponding author who publishes in Cambridge’s open access journals (either full or hybrid) to do so without paying APCs (since they are built into the cost to us). Author instructions and the list of journals that are included in this deal are available on the Cambridge website.

Read the "Cambridge OA Author Instructions" below to learn how to make your article open access via the Libraries' agreement.

  • Rockefeller University Press

VIVA and Rockefeller University Press have partnered to develop a new, consortial read and publish agreement. Research articles by corresponding authors at VIVA member institutions are published immediate open access under a CC-BY license, directly deposited to PubMed Central (PMC) and subsequently to Europe PMC, and archived in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023. VIVA institutions also receive unlimited access to all content published in RUP's three hybrid journals — Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP)—immediately after publication.

Author instructions can be found at the VIVA website.

  • Wiley

VIVA and Wiley have partnered to develop an agreement that includes journal subscriptions as well as Open Access publishing funds for both hybrid and fully gold journals. Authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish articles in either Wiley fully gold open access journals or as individual articles in Wiley's extensive list of subscription journals, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.

Author instructions and an FAQ can be found at this VIVA website.