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    A venture of the University of Virginia Library, Aperio draws upon the strengths of the University to increase open access to knowledge for a global audience in a variety of formats. By making all of our publications open access—and removing price and permission barriers for readers everywhere—we increase the dissemination, visibility, accessibility, and impact of research and scholarship across the disciplines. We currently support the open access publishing of journals, monographs, open textbooks and other educational resources, and will consider other publication types well. Aperio’s publishing scope reflects the various fields of knowledge, including new and interdisciplinary lines of inquiry.

    Currently, Aperio is accepting proposals from University of Virginia faculty, staff, and students.


    The 2023 proposal deadlines are 04/03, 07/05, and 10/02. Please read the following instructions carefully.


    Aperio is building a portfolio of high-quality open access journals. Journal editors have access to our feature-rich platform that includes editorial management, production, and design services. All of our journals are accessible online through PDFs and other formats. We work with editors to index the journals in relevant discovery services to increase the visibility of the literature and increase its impact. All of our content is digitally preserved to ensure future access.

    If you would like to transfer a journal to Aperio or start a new one please click the button below to access the journal proposal form. E-mail completed proposals to publish@virginia.edu. A consultation with us is highly recommended before submitting a proposal.

    Download Journal Services Information Card

    Download Journal Proposal Form

    Books and Other Formats

    If you are interested in using Aperio to publish content such as edited volumes, conference proceedings, textbooks, open educational resources, please e-mail us at publish@virginia.edu with an expression of interest. A consultation is required prior to submitting a formal proposal.

    Review Process

    All journal proposals and expressions of interest will first be evaluated by Aperio staff to determine whether they fit within our scope and policies. Proposers may be asked to edit proposals and provide more information in order for us to determine a project's feasibility and prepare proposals for single-blind review.

    Proposals that receive two positive external reviews will be sent to the Aperio Advisory Board. Proposals that are accepted by the Advisory Board must also obtain final approval from the Aperio Management Team. Decisions will be shared with proposers as soon as possible, and project planning will commence immediately with those who are accepted.

    Peer Review and Open Licensing

    Aperio and its editors have committed to following the recommended guidelines from the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).

    In accordance with these guidelines, each journal maintains high academic standards and sets its own peer review process in accordance with disciplinary norms. Any content that is not peer-reviewed will be clearly marked on the journal website.

    Aperio’s content is published using Creative Commons Licenses, which guarantee that the copyright remains with the author while allowing the work to be freely and immediately available to readers.

    For more information about the integrity of our publishing practices, please visit our Research Integrity page.

    Publishing Costs

    Aperio’s publications are always free for readers everywhere. In alignment with our democratic ethos, we work with editors to eliminate article processing charges whenever possible. If our journals do levy charges, we strive to keep them as low as possible.

    Aperio is interested in working cooperatively with other library and non-profit publishers, libraries, scholarly societies, and funders to creatively develop a scalable and sustainable model of publishing that eliminates charges for authors and readers.