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Open Access Research Publishing

Open Access (OA) refers to free, immediate, permanent, online access to digital full-text scientific and scholarly material, primarily research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. There are limited copyright and licensing restrictions on open-access articles, meaning that anyone with Internet access may read, download, copy, and/or distribute them. A primary advantage to authors who make their articles openly accessible is that their research impact is maximized due to a wider audience.

Resources for WVU Faculty

Author Fund

The WVU Libraries are committed to providing open access to research for anyone anywhere. We have established an Open Access Author Fund (OAAF) for scholarly content published by WVU authors.  While we encourage you to include publication fees in grant requests and use University funding, such as the Eberly College Subvention Fund whenever possible, we welcome you to request fees for open access publications as a last resort when no other source of funding is available. The fine print is available on our Open Access Author Fund page.

Transformative Read & Publish Agreements

The WVU Libraries has just signed our first Read & Publish Agreement with a major publisher of academic journals, Cambridge University Press. This agreement allows WVU faculty to publish open access (OA) articles in Cambridge University Press journals with no article processing charges (APCs). Please see the complete listing of Cambridge University Press titles which allow open access articles or read further about benefits of this agreement.

Reduced Author Fees

The WVU Libraries have negotiated reduced fees if you publish your work in the following open access journals:

Predatory Journals

Beware of journals seeking your contributions via e-mail and then levying a fee for publication. These journals will not be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and will not have signed on to the various open access initiatives. Other warning signs:

Additional Resources and Information

Still not sure if Open Access is for you? Learn about:

Other great resources for open access information include: