Virginia Tech

University Libraries

Scholarly Communication
United States

Primary Contact:
Gail McMillan
Director, Scholarly Communication

Program Overview

Virginia Tech’s Libraries provides publishing services to its university community and beyond, publishing works solely on the basis of academic merit and interest to its university community. The Libraries have put renewed emphasis on publishing, though it has hosted open access, peer-reviewed ejournals since 1989 and ETDs since 1996. VT Libraries began offering Open Journal Systems (OJS) in 2012 and Open Conference Systems (OCS) in 2013. We continue to expand 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 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 (0.5); paraprofessional staff (1.25); undergraduate students (0.25)

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 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based student-driven journals (3); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (6); ETDs (914)

Number of open access titles: journals (9)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: technology education; interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate research; integrative STEM education

Top publications: Virginia Tech ETDs; Journal of Technology Education (journal); ALAN Review (journal); SPECTRA: Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultrual Theory Archives (journal); Philologia (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA); Virginia Library Association; Omicron Tau Theta; Epsilon Pi Tau; Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English)

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

Digital preservation strategy: MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); 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; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; distributed digital preservation

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: In 2016 the Virginia Tech Libraries added a new position, Director of Publishing Strategy, to facilitate the Libraries’ long-term planning for publishing services. The Director of Publishing Strategy works with Virginia Tech faculty to evaluate their needs, using this information to expand current publishing initiatives and develop future university publishing services based in the Virginia Tech Libraries.
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