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Open Access - Big Deal Information You Need to Know 

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is paying close attention to what is happening in scholarly publishing across the globe. Over the last thirty years the cost of journal subscriptions has increased 500 percent, far outpacing libraries’ annual budget increases. 

Much of the research conducted at public universities and published in expensive subscription-based scholarly journals is funded by tax dollars — in the form of faculty salaries and federally funded grants. Research is produced for the public good, but it is not always available to the general public who paid for it. This is where open access or public access to research will change the traditional landscape of publishing research.

In 2021, representatives from University Libraries at Virginia Tech, along with representatives from Virginia’s other research libraries, will be at the negotiating table with Elsevier, the largest STEM scholarly publisher. We will be discussing the unsustainable cost of accessing its academic journals and options to make our universities’ research more accessible to the public that paid for it.

Here you will find the latest information surrounding this issue and what you should know as we move toward negotiations. 

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