Virginia Tech

University Libraries

Scholarly Communication;;
United States

Primary Contact:
Gail McMillan
Director, Scholarly Communication

Program Overview

Virginia Tech’s Libraries have put renewed emphasis on publishing, though we have hosted open access, peer-reviewed ejournals since 1989 and ETDs since 1996. We began offering Open Journal Systems (OJS) in 2012 and Open Conference Systems (OCS) in 2013. We are continuing to expand our publishing services and will support the many products of research and scholarship, including data visualization, interactive “books,” and Open Education Resources. We are open to exploring faculty interests in publishing research and scholarship that is more than paper online, such as e-textbooks with interactive components and multimedia works. All collaborations result in sustainable publications that are included in our preservation strategy with the MetaArchive Cooperative. Like most library services, our publishing support is provided without charge and it is not limited to working with just the Virginia Tech community.

Year publishing activities began: 1989

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.25); paraprofessional staff (1); undergraduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016: 0

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (4); monographs (20); technical/research reports (57); faculty conference papers and proceedings (135); ETDs (2411)

Number of open access titles: journals (36); monographs ()

Number of paid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (1); monographs ()

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations; multimedia/interactive content; all/any format

Disciplinary specialties: technology education; Virginia Tech research; integrative STEM education; transportation studies

Top publications: VT ETDs; Journal of Technology Education; ALAN Review; Journal of Technology Studies; Electronic Antiquities

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty

External partners: Our ejournal editors and conference organizers represent a variety of scholarly organizations (e.g., International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), Virginia Library Association, etc.) as well as other units of the university (e.g., Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Continuing and Professional Education, etc.).

Publishing platform(s): OJS; OCS; DSpace; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; contract/license consultation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; data visualization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Virginia Tech Libraries' goal is to expand its publishing services to meet the needs of our university community. We are expanding our offerings through OJS and OCS, and we are anxious to publish Open Educational Resources, multimedia, interactive publications, data visualization, etc.
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