Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Emily Vollmer
Submission Date May 16, 2024

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 manage three open access repository services: the scholarship repository VTechWorks, the data repository Virginia Tech Data Repository, and the learning object repository Odyssey, 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:
In March 2021, the university adopted an OA Policy as part of Virginia Tech Policy 13000 [https://policies.vt.edu/assets/13000.pdf]. The portion of the text that describes the OA policy is found on page 4, in ‘For Scholarly Articles’. A description of the policy development process is provided in the Libraries’ response in 2021 to question 6 of AC 11 ‘Open Access to Research’. The Libraries also manage a LibGuide on Open Access and a LibGuide on the OA Policy with information about the policy and the work of
members of the Commission on Research Open Access Policy Working Group. The policy is at the institution level.

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. The Libraries’ manage a LibGuide on the Subvention Fund.

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. The VT Publishing department 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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Data sources: 2021 VTUL STARS submission, contacts Julie Griffin, Gail McMillan, and Peter Potter. Data source contributors for 2023: Sara Sweeney Bear, Lisa Becksford, Jonathan Bradley, Julia Feerrar, Julie Griffin, Corinne Guimont, Kayla McNabb, Max Ofsa, Jon Petters, Philip Young.

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