The Libraries provide Publishing and Scholarly Communication services to empower researchers to utilize, create, and develop new modes of scholarship. Scholarly Communication is the process in which researchers create, review, and disseminate their work. Publishing and Scholarly Communications in the library provides funding opportunites, ePublishing Services, workshops and events, and general consulting. 

Virginia Tech was one of the earliest players in the library publishing arena. In 1989 the Scholarly Communications Project was established in the libraries 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 just “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 with the MetaArchive Cooperative.

Support for Open Access

The open access (OA) subvention fund in the Virginia Tech Libraries subsidizes article processing fees for scholarly peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication in open access or hybrid OA journals. OA fees are often also reduced through discounts offered by University Libraries' memberships and subscriptions. Interested authors should begin by reviewing the VT OASF Guidelines and then completing the Open Access Subvention Fund request form. For more information contact Gail McMillan (Director, Scholarly Communication):

Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants encourage the use of existing and creation of new openly licensed information resources to support student learning. Virginia Tech faculty are invited to apply for competitive grants up to $3,000. Additional literature on open educational resources and example projects are available in the Open Education Lib Guide. For complete information on the Open Education Initiative Grants, please download the Grants Information document. To apply visit the online application. For more information contact Anita Walz (Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian):

Virginia Tech is one of 12 American universities participating in this new initiative sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). The initiative is designed to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.

The initial period of this initiative is five years, during which each participating institution is prepared to support the publication of 15 monographs (3 per year) by providing baseline publishing grants of $15,000 for works of 90,000 words or less. (Additional funding may be available for works of greater length or complexity.) In return, presses agree to publish an open access edition of each work with a Creative Commons license.

See also the Provost's book publishing subvention information. For more information contact Peter Potter (Director, Publishing Strategy):

The VT Commission on Research’s Open Access Policy Working Group drafted a policy, that says faculty should deposit their final manuscript of a scholarly article in the university repository, VTechWorks.  This will maximize the dissemination of research and benefit authors and the university. For more information on the Open Access Policy look for NLI Sessions or contact Philip Young (Scholarly Communication Librarian):

VTechWorks presents current research and scholarship created by Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff. Articles and Extension publications; books including open textbooks and rare books; theses and dissertations, presentations—slides, posters, papers; technical reports, administrative documents; videos, images, and other formats, are available.

Register to add your work and contact Faculty can also make their work available in VTechWorks through the Electronic Faculty Activity Reporting System (EFARS). See usage data at VTechWorks Stats. For more information contact Gail McMillan (Director, Scholarly Communication):

Publish with Us

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All forms of publishing include three key steps: research, authoring, and the publication. In many cases the process may include other steps such as peer review, copyediting, etc. The Virginia Tech Libraries Publishing Services is available to assist in any and all of these steps during the publishing process. 

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Journal publishing at VT supports Open Access journals for the university community and beyond. E-publishing services include assisting with workflow design and overall production support. If you are interested in publishing your journal with Virginia Tech Libraries or would like more information, please contact Robert Browder (Digital Publishing Specialist):

E-publishing services can assist in managing and publishing your conference proceedings. These services include workflow improvement, creating a conference program, sharing conference proceedings in a searchable format, and more. To publish conference proceedings or if you would like more information, please contact Robert Browder (Digital Publishing Specialist):

The Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech supports faculty who are interested in authoring or adapting non-traditional open education resources and new forms of digital scholarship as alternatives to traditional textbooks and homework software access codes.  For more information contact Anita Walz (Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian):; Or Corinne Guimont (Digital Publishing Specialist):

Publishing services is expanding to support the publication of Digital Projects. These projects can include but are not limited to Digital Humanities Projects, Omeka Exhibits, Wordpress sites, and more. For more information contact Corinne Guimont (Digital Publishing Specialist):

Publishing services is planning to expand to support faculty and researchers authoring book-length work. For more information contact Peter Potter (Director, Publishing Strategy):


Open Access at Virginia Tech honors the annual global Open Access Week. We host a series of lectures and workshops to raise awareness of open access and options Virginia Tech scholars have for providing the widest possible access to their research and scholarship.

Open Data Week aims to increase awareness for the benefits of open data and encourage researchers to make their data accessible. Learn more about working with data and how open data can benefit your research. For more information visit our Lib Guide.

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. For more information visit our Lib Guide

Fair Use Week is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines. For more information visit our Lib Guide.



Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Mendeley, Git and to best fit into your workflow. is a service that provides archiving of web pages for research purposes.  VT Researchers can archive, manage, and annotate an unlimited number of web pages with persistent shortlinks for citing, and will also receive local support. To get started, send an email to


EndNote is bibliographic manager software that allows researchers to save and organize results of database searches or lists of citations. You have to be connected to the campus network, including the Virginia Tech VPN , to download EndNote from the Software Distribution Office site.


ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a 16-digit number that uniquely and persistently identifies a scholarly researcher by linking the researcher to their work to ensure the work is recognized. ORCiD is integrated with Virginia Tech's Electronic Faculty Activity Reporting System (EFARS). For help, send an email to

Meet the Team

Robert Browder

Robert Browder

Digital Publishing Specialist

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Carrie Cross

Scholarly Communication Administrative Support Specialist

Corinne Guimont

Corinne Guimont

Digital Publishing Specialist

Inga Haugen

Inga Haugen

Life Science, Agriculture, & Scholarly Communication Librarian

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Anne Lawrence

Repository Application Administrator

Gail McMillan

Gail McMillan

Director, Scholarly Communication

Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller

Digital Humanities Coordinator


Peter Potter

Peter Potter

Director, Publishing Strategy

Anita Walz

Anita Walz

Open Education, Copyright, & Scholarly Communication Librarian

Philip Young

Philip Young

Scholarly Communication Librarian



VTechWorks presents current research and scholarship created by Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff.

Open@VT is a blog in Virginia Tech Libraries, focusing on open access, open data, and open educational resources. 


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Open Access Journals - Published at Virginia Tech

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