Virginia Tech

University Libraries

Scholarly Communication
United States

Primary Contact:
Peter Potter
Director, Publishing Strategy

Program Overview

At Virginia Tech the Libraries provide publishing services to the university and beyond, publishing works solely on the basis of academic merit and interest to our community. The Libraries were among the earliest players in the library publishing arena. In 1989 the Scholarly Communications Project (SCP) was established as a place to experiment with the technology to produce online scholarship in new and developing formats. Since then the Libraries have continued to embrace the increasingly diverse products of research and scholarship that are more than paper online, including e-journals, interactive “books,” open educational resources, and innovative online digital projects. All collaborations result in sustainable publications that are included in our preservation strategy.

Year publishing activities began: 1989

Organization: Centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: Professional staff (4); Undergraduate students (0.25)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): Established; Developmental

Open access focus (1–5): Completely

Advisory/editorial board: No

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: Campus-based student-driven journals (5); Journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (6); ETDs (1032)

Number of open access titles: Journals (10)

Number of paid titles: Journals (0)

Number of hybrid titles: Journals (1)

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; Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Top publications: Virginia Tech ETDs; Journal of Technology Education;ALAN Review (journal); SPECTRA: Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultrual Theory Archives (journal); Fundamentals of Business - Stephen J. Skripak (open textbook)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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); Open Text Book Network

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

Digital preservation strategy: MetaArchive; LOCKSS

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; Distributed digital preservation; Outreach; Training; Analytics; ISBN registry

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: In 2017 the Virginia Tech Libraries added two new Digital Publishing Specilaists to facilitate the Libraries’ growth objectives. Library publishing services continues to provide consultation services for journals, monographs, textbooks, and other research output. In addition, publishing servcies is researching publishing tools technology and platforms to expand current publishing programs and develop future university publishing services based in the Libraries.
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