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VT Open Access Subvention Fund: About

VT Libraries offer an open access (OA) fund to subsidize article processing charges (APCs) for scholarly, peer-reviewed OA journals. This guide includes the request form, fund guidelines, and links to finding OA journals and publishers' OA policies.


VT Libraries has a limited fund ($50,000 per fiscal year) to cover APCs (article processing charges) of $1500 or less (up to 2 times per author per year) for articles accepted for publication in scholarly peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals.

A primary goal of the Open Access Subvention Fund is to enable authors to engage in open publishing environments. We also want to raise awareness among Virginia Tech authors of the benefits of open publishing and to encourage new ways of thinking about digital scholarship and information access.  This initiative aligns with the University Libraries strategic direction to support the research endeavors of the VT faculty, students, and staff, including the process of providing unrestricted access to digital research and scholarship.

Interested VT authors should begin by reviewing the Guidelines and then complete the Request form.

Please also see the list of publishers and journals on the Discounts tab, some of which cover article OA fees entirely.

Please note that no-cost, embargo-free open access is available through Virginia Tech's Open Access Policy, an addition to Policy 13000 [PDF] approved by the Board of Visitors on March 22, 2021.   Available to everyone with a VT affiliation, the policy enables deposit of the accepted version of scholarly articles in VTechWorks, the university's open access repository.

The VT Provost's Office provides book publishing subvention information, and see our guide on OA book publishing.

Questions about the fund can be sent to

modified 6/26/2023 PY