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Open Access: OA Week

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.

Open Access Week 2018 - October 22-26

Since 2012, Virginia Tech's University Libraries have explored open access with talks, panel discussions, and workshops to help faculty and students understand open access and the support for it that the library provides.  Please join us!


Open Access Forum 2018

Monday October 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm  |  Newman Library Multipurpose Room

The Open Access Week kickoff event will feature a brief introduction to open access and its benefits and controversies, followed by a discussion with diverse panelists and the audience.  Panelists:

  • Karen DePauw, Dean, Graduate School
  • Katya Drozdova, Seattle Pacific University
  • Darren Maczka, PhD candidate, Engineering Education
  • Derek Mueller, English Department
  • Marie Paretti, Engineering Education


Open Access Week Keynote

Tuesday October 23, 7:00pm  |  Graduate Life Center Auditorium

"Cybersecurity and International Relations"

Katya Drozdova, Seattle Pacific University


$140,000 Available to Publish Journal Articles

Wednesday October 24, 4:00pm-5:00pm | Newman Library 427 | Register

Virginia Tech Libraries has made available $140,000 for FY 2019 to support articles published in scholarly Open Access (OA) journals. You may receive up to $1500 per article if your article is accepted for publication in an OA journal that requires payment of APCs (article processing charges). The VT Open Access Subvention Fund (OASF) also supports APCs for hybrid OA journals, if the publisher reduces institutional subscriptions accordingly. The OASF is available to everyone in the VT community faculty, staff, and students.

In this session we will review OASF award criteria, identify databases that help determine if your publisher meets the funding criteria, and locate OA journals in your field. Bring your laptop and practice or create an OASF 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 dossier for promotion and tenure.

If there's time you may also learn about the Libraries' publishing services, including open textbooks, book subvention opportunities, and VT's draft open access policy.


Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Monday October 15, 6:45-8:00pm | Newman Library 207A

Wednesday October 24, 5:30-7:00pm  |  Newman Library 207A

Documentary viewing followed by Q&A  |  More Information

We will watch the recently released documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (1 hour), which interviews open access experts around the world about the problems of access to scholarship.  Following the viewing we will have a discussion of issues the documentary raises.


Sharing Our Research: Exploring a Faculty Open Access Policy

Friday October 26, 2:30pm-3:30pm  |  Torgersen 1120  | Register

Faculty involved in governance at Virginia Tech are beginning to explore options for an open access policy, which would enable greater sharing of our research.  This session, led by a member of the policy working group, covers the definition of open access, the policy rationale, benefits to faculty, how other universities have implemented policies, and the potential working details of a policy.  Participants will learn about the current open access environment and have an opportunity to give feedback that would shape a potential faculty policy.






Institutional Repository Manager

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Philip Young
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Newman Library, Room 423