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.
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.
The WVU Libraries have negotiated reduced fees if you publish your work in the following open access 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:
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Other great resources for open access information include: