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Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. ~ Peter Suber

The University Libraries is committed to promoting the value of open access and to providing Virginia Tech scholars with new open access options for showcasing their creative outputs. Virginia Tech raises the visibility of its research on a global scale when digital scholarship is made freely available online at no cost to readers. Sharing research and scholarship on the open web broadens its impact and creates a global readership. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries.

Locally, Virginia Tech Libraries make open access publications discoverable through tools like Summon and Web of Science, provide open access publishing support through the Open access subvention fund , and require article archiving by our own faculty through the LFA open access policy (PDF | 13KB) .

Open Access Week 2016

October 24th - 30th

Click on the titles below to learn more about each scheduled event.

Ubiquity Press: A Platform for Open Publishing
Monday, October 24, 10:00 A.M.-11:15 A.M., Newman 207A
Speaker: Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press
Register for NLI credit

Founded by researchers at University College London in 2012, Ubiquity Press quickly established itself as an important and innovative publisher of open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals, books, and data. In 2014 Ubiquity began sharing its publishing platform with independent university and society presses as a way of creating economies of scale around technology and infrastructure. Today, the Ubiquity Partner Network includes scholarly presses from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. Most notably, the University of California Press joined the network in 2015 and now uses the Ubiquity platform to publish open access journals and books. Brian Hole, CEO of Ubiquity Press, will present and demonstrate the Ubiquity publishing platform. Journal editors and those interested in starting a new journal will find this session of interest.

For the Public Good: Research Impact and the Promise of Open Access (Forum)
Monday, October 24, 6:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M., Torgersen 1100
Speaker: Peter Potter
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As a land-grant institution, Virginia Tech is committed to research that meaningfully engages with the vital concerns of our day such as feeding, building, and empowering a healthy world. How does Virginia Tech’s commitment to engagement fit with the Open Access (OA) vision for unrestricted online access to scholarly research? Have OA journals, public repositories, and federal mandates simply made a researcher’s life more complicated or could OA be the key to unlocking research impact on a global scale? And what are the implications for tenure and promotion? Join us for a public forum devoted to these questions and more. We expect a lively discussion featuring panelists from the Virginia Tech community and ample opportunity for audience Q&A.

Where Can I Post My Publications? VTechWorks, ResearchGate, and other options
Tuesday, October 25, 12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M., Torgersen 1100
Speakers: Ginny Pannabecker & Philip Young
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Would you like to make your publications available for other researchers to read and use? Are you already posting your publications on a researcher profile such as ResearchGate or on your personal website; linking to them in a profile like Google Scholar, ORCID, or VIVO; or uploading them with description and metadata to VT’s institutional repository, VTechWorks? Join this session in person or online (through NLI registration) to learn more about the benefits and considerations for using each option, as well as tips on ensuring you comply with journal author publishing agreements when posting your publications.

Publishing Services at Virginia Tech
Wednesday, October 26, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., Newman 426
Speakers: Gail McMillan & Peter Potter
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Do you want to improve access to research in your field by starting a new journal? Do you want to move an existing fee-based journal to open access? Or maybe you want to host a conference and publish the proceedings? Virginia Tech’s University Libraries can help! The Libraries host software that handles the editorial workflow so that it is easier to make the call for papers, monitor the peer review process, publish each issue, and more, especially if you've been relying on manual labor to date. These software packages are management and publishing systems, but you can control the look and feel of your publication. The Libraries also offer a variety of other publishing services including support for creating an online textbook and consulting on general publishing matters such as copyright, proposal writing, and choosing the right publisher—services that are available to anyone in the VT community.

Access to Research in South Africa
Wednesday, October 26, 2:30 P.M.-3:30 P.M., Library Multipurpose Room
Speaker: Veliswa Tshetsa, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
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Researchers at Virginia Tech are accustomed to easy access to peer-reviewed research, but what is access like in other parts of the world? Join visiting librarian Veliswa Tshetsha from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to learn about the challenges of accessing research in South Africa.

Scholarly Publishing Trends: A Conversation
Thursday, October 27, 12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M., Torgersen 3080
Speaker: Philip Young
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Profound changes are occurring in the production, dissemination, and evaluation of research. This session invites participants to bring their experiences and questions to a conversation on issues affecting their peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and other scholarly resources, such as open access, copyright, data management, and altmetrics. The discussion will be preceded by a brief presentation outlining these trends. Participants will leave the session better informed about today's publishing environment, and gain familiarity with campus services to help them succeed.

$100,000 Available to Publish Journal Articles
Friday, October 28, 2:30 P.M.-3:30 P.M., Newman 426
Speaker: Gail McMillan
Register for NLI credit

If you're writing an article for a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, Virginia Tech’s libraries will support the Article Publishing Charge of up to $1500 for an open access journal. In this session we will review Virginia Tech's Open Access Subvention Fund award criteria. Bring your laptop or tablet and practice or create a real fund request with the fund manager at hand.​ At the conclusion of the session, you will be in a good position to have your next article funded, which you may link to your CV, FAR, or P&T dossier.

Come prepared to also learn more about Libraries' publishing services:

  • Understand the Open Access Subvention Fund award criteria
  • Walk away with a draft request for funds
  • Know who to talk to about library publishing services
  • Learn how the libraries support open access publishing