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Scholarly Resources: Acquisitions & Cancellations

Overview of the Libraries' collections with updates and cancellation lists.

2023-2024 New and Expanded Resources

Due to budget reductions across the university, the Libraries have very limited capacity to add new resources. We continue to work with our consortial partners and with vendors to find creative approaches to expanding and updating our collections. The resources listed here are the result of those efforts.

New acquisitions via Foundation/endowment funds


New resources added via VIVA, Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

New support for OA publishing via VIVA, effective January 1, 2024 

For a complete list of VIVA's OA agreements with additional information for authors, please see this page.

  • American Chemical Society (ACS): Mason corresponding authors may publish journal articles open access at no additional cost to the author. Covers all ACS journals (over 70 titles). 

  • Springer: Mason corresponding authors may publish articles open access in some Springer journals (2043 out of over 2300 journals) at no additional cost to the author. 

    • The list of journals covered by VIVA’s OA publishing agreement is available here

    • Nature brand journals are not covered by this agreement.  

    • Mason no longer has any APC discounts with Springer's BioMed Central. 

  • PLOS: Mason corresponding authors can publish open access in the following seven journals, at no additional cost to the author. The Libraries cannot cover OA fees for any other PLOS journals. 

    • PLOS Complex Systems

    • PLOS Computational Biology  

    • PLOS Digital Health 

    • PLOS Genetics 

    • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases  

    • PLOS ONE 

    • PLOS Pathogens

Other additions


  • China Academic Journals Series G (Politics, Military Affairs, Law). The Law Library added a current subscription & purchased the backfile to 2021 and 2022. This fills in the gap in access from our prior cancellation.
  • Sunday Times Historical Archive. The Law Library has purchased additional digital access to the Sunday Times Historical Archive through Gale. We now have access to this digital newspaper from 1822-2021. We previously had access through 2016.