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Open Access: OA Policies

This guide introduces open access, describes how researchers can make their work open access, and describes support for open access publishing provided by the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech and Institutional Policies

Virginia Tech does not have a comprehensive open access policy. However, there is currently a working group developing a faculty open access policy (see the website to keep up with developments).  Presentations can be given on request by any department, college, or research group, and NLI sessions are being offered to inform faculty and receive feedback- go to the NLI listing and look for "Sharing Our Research."

There are two open access policies within the university, affecting library faculty and graduate students:

More than 50 U.S. universities have adopted open access policies by faculty vote, including the University of California system, Duke, Emory, Kansas, Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, and many others, including Virginia Tech's SCHEV-approved peers Cornell, Rutgers, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Most recently, Indiana (2017), Florida State (2017), Johns Hopkins (2018), and Penn State (2019) have adopted faculty open access policies.

Virginia Tech's most relevant policies in this regard are the Policy on Intellectual Property (Policy 13000) and Ownership and Control of Research Results (Policy 13015)

Funder Policies

Institutional Repository Manager

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Philip Young
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Newman Library, Room 423


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