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The libraries support publishing in a number of ways.

  • 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

    Open Access (OA) is free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of research articles for anyone. Open Access is the alternative to closed or subscription access. The two primary means of providing open access to research is through publishing in open access journals and self-archiving in open access repositories like Virginia Tech's VTechWorks.

  • 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.

  • Open publishing

    E-publishing services include hosting PKP's Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Systems software and assisting with workflow design and overall production support. Our services enable faculty members to create new open access journals or transition existing journals from print to electronic and to produce and disseminate articles and conference proceedings as widely as possible.

  • Repository

    VTechWorks is an OAI-compliant campus-wide repository for collecting, organizing, managing, preserving, and provide access to the intellectual output of Virginia Tech, including 'grey literature' in the form of technical reports, working paper series, conference proceedings, pre-prints, post-prints, theses and dissertations, videos, images, and datasets. Materials in the repository are full-text searchable and indexed by commercial search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. Digital objects are automatically assigned persistent URIs and we assign DOIs for eligible materials upon request.

  • Copyright

    Using copyrighted materials in publications require permission, licensing, or finding that your use falls under fair use exemptions. Our copyright pages discuss copyright information authors need to be aware of and provide guidance and resources for making legal use of these materials.


  •     Gail McMillan
  • Gail McMillan
  • Director , Scholarly Communication
  • 540-231-9252
  • gailmac@vt.edu
  • 2036 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Fall 2016

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