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This page includes information that was created for Elsevier negotiations that happened in 2020. It has been preserved for reference. For updated information on what the University Libraries is doing in open access, please visit our Access Matters webpage at the link below.

A university-wide open access policy was approved by Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors in March 2021.

Virginia Tech's open access policy enables authors to legally provide open access to the accepted version (not the journal's published version) of their scholarly article, regardless of what your copyright transfer agreement says (a very small number of publishers may require you to waive the policy).  The open version of the scholarly article is housed in the university's repository VTechWorks.

The policy follows copyright law and has been vetted by Virginia Tech's Office of Legal Counsel.  More than 50 U.S. universities already have a similar policy in place.

Learn more about the university's open access policy.