Sustaining our Journal Collections
VCU Libraries is committed to providing access to materials critical for research and teaching. We want to ensure that our spending commitments align with community needs, that we are responsible stewards of our budget in a rapidly evolving information landscape, and that we contain and control costs wherever possible. In order to do this, we are assembling, evaluating, and sharing some important information about cost, usage, and growth trends. This will help us assess whether large journal packages, often called “Big Deals”, provide good value and represent a sustainable part of our overall investment in information on behalf of the University.
By the numbers
VCU is not alone. Universities and colleges across the world are facing the pressures of runaway costs and lack of flexibility in sustaining their research library collections. Virginia research libraries recently endorsed the University of California System decision to terminate their Elsevier Big Deal.
- Journal package pricing for VCU
- FAQ on Journal Packages
- Six Things VCU Faculty and Researchers Should Know About the UC Decision
- Virginia research libraries issue joint letter in support of UC decision on Elsevier
If you have further questions or need more information, please contact Karen Cary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VCU Libraries Support for Sustainable Publishing:
- Tools Browser add-ons to easily find open access versions of journal articles
- Open Access Research Guide VCU Libraries open access initiatives and assistance
- Scholars Compass VCU’s open access repository and publishing platform
- Open Access Publishing and Funding VCU Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund supports the publication of research articles in peer-reviewed journals that are available to all on the web without charge.