Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.78
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Julie Griffin
Associate Dean for Research and Informatics
University Libraries
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Does the institution offer repository hosting that makes versions of journal articles, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed scholarly works by its employees freely available on the public internet?:

Website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of the open access repository:

University Libraries manages three open access repository services: the scholarship repository VTechWorks (https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/), the data repository VTechData (https://data.lib.vt.edu), and the learning object repository, Odyssey (https://odyssey.lib.vt.edu/), which are freely available on the internet to members of the Virginia Tech community and to the public. Virginia Tech authors can self-deposit or request support, and faculty authors can deposit items to VTechWorks using the university's faculty activity reporting system.

Does the institution have a published policy that requires its employees to publish scholarly works open access or archive final post-peer reviewed versions of scholarly works in an open access repository?:

A copy of the institution's open access policy:

The institution's open access policy:

No, not at this time. However, Virginia Tech's Commission on Research initiated the development of draft language for an open access policy that will apply to all authors at Virginia Tech. The working group drafting the policy spent over two years seeking input from Virginia Tech authors. Readings of the draft policy are now underway within university governance.

Does the policy cover the entire institution? :

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:

A brief description of the open access APC fund:

University Libraries offers an open access subvention fund to Virginia Tech authors to cover the article processing charges (APCs) for manuscripts published in scholarly, peer-reviewed open access journals. The funds can be used to subsidize APCs up to $1,500 per article and $3,000 per author per year (https://guides.lib.vt.edu/oasf).

Does the institution provide open access journal hosting services through which peer-reviewed open access journals are hosted on local servers with dedicated staff who provide publishing support at no (or minimal) cost?:

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:

University Libraries provides support for open access journal publishing through VT Publishing (https://publishing.vt.edu). VT Publishing team provides support for the publication of VT edited open access journals, books, textbooks, student publications, and digital humanities projects.

Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Gail McMillan, Director of Scholarly Communications, gailmac@vt.edu, 540-231-9252, Gail's department oversees our VTechWorks, open access support, and Open Access Subvention Fund.

Peter Potter oversees VT Publishing. Andi Ogier's team manages our VTechData repository, and Stefanie Metko's department manages our Odyssey repository. Ginny Pannabecker and Philip Young are leading the Libraries' contributions to the university's open access policy activities.

The Libraries have a department level open access policy. I didn't include this in the response because my interpretation of the question is that we are to share only whether we have an institution-wide policy.

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