Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Libraries

Academic Library · United States

VCU Publishing

Sam Byrd, Scholarly Publishing Librarian
Phone: 804-827-3556

Program Overview

Based in the VCU Libraries, VCU Publishing amplifies VCU scholarly and research findings, and provides publishing opportunities and experiences for VCU students and faculty. VCU Publishing includes a portfolio of platforms and publishing services, and seeks partnerships within VCU and the Greater Richmond community to broaden that portfolio in ways that advance research, creative expression, and learning at VCU and for the region.
  • Publishing activities began: 2003
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Graduate student(s), Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charitable contributions, Endowment income, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 5
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Contracted by external groups: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
  • Currently inactive or archived: 5
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 3


Top Publications:
  • Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (journal)
  • Journal of Hip Hop Studies (journal)
  • Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity (journal)
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Undergraduate Research Posters
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • art and design
  • medical sciences
  • public health
  • education
  • community engagement


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Open access journals; monographs (book-length works or collections) that have resonance with VCU's areas of focus, including arts, health care, urban community engagement, and diversity and inclusion
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Additional Information

Last Year:
The past year saw the growth of our OER publishing support, primarily through student worker support. The undergraduates are trained on OER, copyright, and publishing, and act as the primary contact for the importing of content into Pressbooks, formatting, and the creation of interactive content using H5P. We also continue to develop our support for open access journal publishing.