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Scholarly Communications

VCU Libraries supports the teaching, research and outreach missions of the university by guiding the faculty, students and staff in matters relating to the dissemination and use of knowledge.

Scholarly communication, according to the Association of Research Libraries, refers to the formal and informal processes by which the research and scholarship of faculty, researchers and independent scholars are created, evaluated, edited, formatted, distributed, organized, made accessible, archived, used and transformed.

General Information

Copyright and Author Rights

VCU Information

Digital Repositories and Self-Archiving

  • SPARC Repository Resources, readings, notices of events and links to organizations and repositories worldwide
  • OpenDOAR , the Directory of Open Access Repositories
  • DOAJ, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • PubMed Central , a subject-based respository of biomedical and life sciences literature
  • Cogprints , a subject-based repository of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and related areas

Legislation and Advocacy

  • SPARC Advocacy , news on legislation and background resources
  • Public Access Policies, compiled by Association of Research Libraries
  • The Alliance for Taxpayer Access , a coalition of groups and institutions that support public access to reports on research funded with tax dollars
  • ALA Issues and Advocacy , news and statements from the American Library Association on fair use, digital rights management and open access to research
  • Faculty Speak Out , examples of resolutions, statements and advocacy efforts by faculty to change the scholarly communication system

VCU Libraries Services

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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