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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. 


  • 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 help with Article Processing Charges (APCs) for JMU faculty publishing in open access journals. JMU Libraries has no central fund to provide APC support.

  • 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.

  • 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