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What is Open Access?

"Open Access is a method of sharing works of scholarship, creativity and culture that removes or reduces the barriers of cost and copyright.  Using readily available digital technologies and the Internet, authors and creators can produce, publish, and provide access to their new works more directly, quickly and efficiently. Open access resources are generally free to use, and are available to be downloaded, copied, and distributed without concerns for violating  copyright."

Texas A&M University Libraries. (2011). 5 Things You Can Do To Support Open Access. Retrieved May 3, 2012.


Author's Rights/Publisher Policies

Publisher policies vary regarding copyright, self-archiving, and open access. Information about publisher policies can be found in SHERPA/RoMEO, a searchable database of publisher policies regarding the self- archiving and open access.


Journal Costs

The average cost of an institutional subscription to a chemistry journal is $3,7920/year (Henderson & Bosch, 2010) and ranges from $0 (open access) to over $15,000/year. The following publications discuss journal pricing. 

Bachrach, S. (2009). Chemistry publication - making a revolution. Journal of Cheminfomatics, 1(2). Retrieved on October 19, 2011.

Henderson, K., and Bosch, S. (15 April, 2010). Seeking the New Normal: Periodicals Price Survey 2010. Library Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2011.  

National Academies of Science. (2004). Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?: A Workshop Summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. Retrieved October 19, 2011.


RSC Gold for Gold Program

In support of open access (OA) publishing, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is continuing to provide a limited number of OA vouchers to organizations that subscribe to its RSC Gold journal and database package. These vouchers enable authors to publish their papers as Open Access in RSC journals without paying the normal Article Publication Fee. Texas A&M University Libraries has received 25 single-use OA voucher codes for 2014 that will be managed by the University Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication on a first-come, first-served basis. Texas A&M authors with a 2014 acceptance from an RSC journal  simply enters a voucher code during final manuscript submission to allow your published article to be freely accessible via the publisher’s journal webpage. To request a voucher code, email acceptance of your 2013 RSC journal article to Gail Clement, Scholarly Communication Librarian. Bear in mind that RSC published a greater number of articles by Texas A&M authors in 2013 than the number of vouchers it sent for 2014. For more information about the program, including restrictions regarding publication types and other details, see Gold for Gold FAQs.

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Create Change

Create Change was developed by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to educate faculty and authors about the new model of scholarly communication.


Oak Fund

The Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Fund at Texas A&M underwrites publication charges for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and monographs published in open access publications. Learn more at the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Fund wepage.


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