Sustainable Scholarship

JMU Libraries is committed to providing access to the materials you need for research and teaching. We want to ensure that our spending commitments align with community needs and values, that we are responsible stewards of our budget in a rapidly evolving information landscape, and that we contain and control costs wherever possible. To do this, we are analyzing journal cost, usage, and growth trends. This will help us decide whether large, bundled journal subscription packages, often called “Big Deals”, provide good value and represent a sustainable part of our overall investment on behalf of the University.  Learn more…

Our key concerns are cost and equity: 

  • Equity: Researchers in Virginia (and peers around the world) donate their time and effort as editors and peer reviewers to private journal vendors, only to see their work locked behind paywalls. Most of JMU’s published research is supported by public funds, yet many of our research products are inaccessible to the public. This arrangement is fundamentally inequitable and inconsistent with our mission as a public institution.  Learn more…

 

Part of a Movement

We are part of a global movement of researchers and libraries demanding fundamental change in academic publishing, with research funders (including governments) on our side. This movement is building in institutions from California to Florida to Germany to Sweden, and there are strong signs of change at the federal level in the United States. We believe this moment is ripe for action, and we know that working together will make us stronger. 

By the Numbers

Pie chart showing fiscal year 2019 journal costs and six year budget growth