VCU Libraries is launching an initiative that will spearhead the digital publishing of scholarship by Virginia Commonwealth University faculty, students and the community, including books, peer-reviewed journals, digital scholarship and more.
The initiative, VCU Publishing, aims to amplify scholarly and research findings from the VCU community, and provide publishing opportunities and experiences for students and faculty.
Across the country, university libraries are increasingly expanding their capabilities to support scholarly expression in response to high costs of scholarly journals and declining publishing options for scholarly work in humanities and social sciences. In Virginia, libraries at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and George Mason University have robust publishing operations.
The initiative will rely on existing staff and resources. VCU implemented a university wide hiring freeze on April 20 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
VCU Publishing combines several of VCU Libraries’ existing publishing enterprises, including: Journal publishing; Book publishing; Digital scholarship; and VCU Scholars Compass.
As part of VCU Publishing, VCU Libraries staff will help faculty and students make decisions about copyright and fair use, understanding and retaining their rights as an author, use open licenses to share their work, evaluate traditional and open-access publishing opportunities, and avoid publishing scams.
VCU Libraries found inspiration for VCU Publishing in the university’s strategic plan, Quest 2025: Together We Transform, as the initiative is an engine for student success, national prominence, collective urban and regional transformation, and diversity driving excellence.
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