The scholarly publishing process is often depicted as a lifecycle moving from research, writing, and peer review to dissemination, discovery, and preservation. Within this lifecycle are numerous other crucial steps that add value and quality to any publication, especially editing, design, and production (EDP). At VT Publishing we can assist in any and all steps of the publishing process. Our services are tailored to a variety of formats including journals, textbooks, books, and conferences—and we welcome opportunities to consider other publishing formats. Our subject scope reflects the broad range of disciplinary strengths of Virginia Tech including arts & humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and engineering.
Our journals program dates back to 1991 and our first electronic-only, open access journal, The Journal of the International Academy of Hospitality Research. Today our active journals treat subjects from across the humanities, life sciences, engineering, and technology studies. Several are edited by VT undergraduate and graduate students. We are looking to add journals in new subject areas that reflect emerging strengths of the university. Please contact us if you wish to either a) create a new open access journal or b) transition an existing journal from subscription-based to open access. We can assist with everything from crafting an initial proposal and mission statement to developing editorial policies and production workflows.
VT Publishing is committed to following the editorial practices detailed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as set forth in the COPE guidelines.
VT Publishing allows each journal to determine its own copyright and licensing policy, although we strongly recommend that journals allow authors to retain their rights while giving the journal non-exclusive rights. We also recommend displaying a Creative Commons license.
Each journal determines its peer review process and the qualifications of its peer reviewers. Most VTP journals have a blind peer review process clearly identified on each journal’s website. Non-peer reviewed content within peer reviewed journals is clearly identified.
The Virginia Tech Libraries published its first open textbook in 2016. Today the Open Education Initiative supports Virginia Tech faculty who are interested in authoring or adapting non-traditional open educational resources and new forms of digital scholarship as alternatives to traditional textbooks and homework software access codes. Faculty are invited to apply for competitive grants of up to $3,000.
Additional literature on open educational resources and example projects are available in the Open Education Libguide. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Corinne Guimont: email@example.com.
VT Publishing now has the capacity to publish book-length works including edited volumes and conference proceedings. For more information contact Peter Potter (Director, Publishing Strategy): firstname.lastname@example.org.
VT Publishing is expanding to support the publication of web-based 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: email@example.com.
VT Publishing offers guidance to the Virginia Tech community on publishing-related issues including how to draft a persuasive book proposal, finding the right publisher, navigating the world of Open Access, copyright & permissions, DOIs, indexing sources, etc. For more information, contact Peter Potter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal articles: 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): email@example.com.
Thanks to a collaborative effort involving the Provost’s Office, the Virginia Tech Libraries, and the academic colleges, faculty members can apply for subventions to support publication of monographic works. For more information, click here or contact Peter Potter: firstname.lastname@example.org.