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Faculty Week: Publishing support from the University Libraries


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Aug. 21, 2014 – The Virginia Tech Libraries provide several support options for faculty publishing.

Open Journal System

The libraries' Scholarly Communication department recently acquired the Public Knowledge Project's Open Journal System (OJS) software—an open source publishing software program; it is installed and maintained on our ejournal server here at Virginia Tech. OJS has exceptional workflow management capabilities; through role-assignment, it simplifies and automates the majority of the workflow for the peer-review process. With OJS, you'll have your own dedicated journal site, which also serves as the front-end to your journal issues, similar to WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla.


Faculty can place pre-publication copies of their journal articles into our institutional repository (green open access archiving). That copy will be indexed in Summon, Google Scholar, and other databases that index open access articles, increasing it's discoverability and potential to be cited. Download counts and other alternative metrics are recorded.

Faculty can also deposit other papers into the repository.

Selecting a journal to publish in

Finding the right journal in which to publish your article can be a difficult process. Here are some criteria to consider and sources for this information:

  • Subject area(s) covered by the journal (particularly when the research is cross-discipline)
  • Types of articles published (original research, review, case study)
  • Reputation of the journal (impact factor, size of readership/open access, peer review, quality of accepted articles and authors, indexing level)
  • Audience of journal
  • Time to publication

Open access subvention fund

Virginia Tech Libraries are pleased to offer, in partnership with the Office of Senior Vice President and Provost, an open access (OA) subvention fund to subsidize article processing fees for scholarly peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication in open access or hybrid OA journals.

Many of our journal subscriptions and institutional memberships allow for discounts on open access publishing fees.

Register for ORCID

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.