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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) .

2015 Open Access Week

  • Open Access: Faculty and graduate student panel discussion

    Newman Library multipurpose room
    Register online for NLI credit

    The Open Access Week panel discussion includes Virginia Tech graduate students, faculty, and alumni who have been involved in open access publishing from the author and editor perspectives. Each will relate their experience with open access, followed by a discussion, including questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Panelists include:

    • Carola Haas (faculty, Fish and Wildlife Conservation)
    • Scott King (faculty, Geophysics)
    • Alison Burke (PhD candidate, Biomedical Sciences)
    • Sascha Engel (PhD candidate, ASPECT)
    • Titilola Obilade (former adjunct faculty, School of Education)
    Oct 19, 2015 5:30 PM
  • Data and digitization for the liberal arts and human sciences

    Newman Library multipurpose room
    Register online for NLI credit

    Please join us for a panel discussion about advanced research computing, data visualization, digitization, data management, and computational thinking. This forum is part of Open Access Week, an annual international event promoting opportunities to learn about the benefits of open access to scholarship and encourage wider participation by researchers. Open access advances knowledge by providing online, barrier-free access to research.

    Oct 20, 2015 1:30 PM
  • You can receive $1500 for publishing your next article

    Torgersen 3080
    Register online for NLI credit

    If you're writing an article for a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, the university will give you $1500 to publish it in an open access journal. In this session we will review Virginia Tech's Open Access Subvention Fund award criteria, locate Open Access journals, and determine if the publisher meets the funding 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 can link to your CV, FAR, or P&T dossier.

    Oct 21, 2015 10:00 AM
  • Scholarly publishing trends: A conversation

    Torgersen 3080
    Register online for NLI credit

    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.

    Oct 22, 2015 12:30 PM
  • Victoria Stodden: Scholarly communication in the era of big data and big computation

    Davidson 281
    Register online for NLI credit
    Free and open to the public

    Victoria Stodden will give the keynote address for open Access Week 2015. "Scholarly communication in the era of big data and big computation" is sponsored by the University Libraries, Computational Modeling and Data Analytics, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Statistics, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA), and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

    Oct 22, 2015 7:00 PM