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Open Access: OA Books

An introduction to open access, how researchers can make their work open access, and support for open access at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Open Access Books About Open Access!

Open Access

by Peter Suber





Understanding Open AccessUnderstanding Open Access

by Lexi Rubow, Rachael Shen, Brianna Schofield, and the Samuelson Clinic


Open Access and the Humanities

by Martin Paul Eve




The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship

by John Willinsky




About Open Access Books

Open access books can be challenging to publish due to the costs involved in publishing a book, but the good news is that OA models are emerging.  Some presses have a book processing charge (BPC), the equivalent of an article processing charge for OA journals.  However, BPCs are high and require some kind of subvention. 

Virginia Tech is one of several U.S. institutions participating in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), which will support faculty publication of open access monographs by major university presses.  See the latest update (Feb. 2021) for more information, and contact Corinne Guimont, Interim Director of Publishing Services in the University Libraries, if interested.  (The provost's office also offers subventions to support the publication of books by Virginia Tech faculty even if they are not made open access.)  In addition, Virginia Tech's University Libraries supports Knowledge Unlatched, which works with a number of scholarly publishers and does not require book authors to find funding.

Did you write a book chapter you would like to make OA?  Check your publishing agreement, or this list of Book Chapter Archiving Permissions.  Additionally, you may consider your chapter a "scholarly article" which can therefore be deposited in VTechWorks under Virginia Tech's open access policy.

Do you have a previously published book you would like to make OA?  Many book contracts contain a rights reversion clause.  Learn all about rights reversion from the Author's Alliance.

Do you want to create an open textbook? See Virginia Tech's guide to authoring open educational resources.

Publishers of OA Books

OA Book Publishing Initiatives

More Information

Digital Scholarship Coordinator

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Corinne Guimont
University Libraries
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Blacksburg, VA 24060

Institutional Repository Manager

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Philip Young
Newman Library, Room 423
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8845


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