Open Access Publishing

As defined by SPARC, Open Access is "the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment."

The University Library's Open Access Research Guide is an in-depth resource on the topic and also provides helpful information such as how to locate an OA publisher and how to participate in OA through self-archiving.

Open Access Publishing Discounts

The University Library supports Open Access publishing through memberships with the following organizations:

American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • ISU authors are eligible for discounts on articles that are published open access through ACS’s “AuthorChoice” program.
  • This discount is available because the University Library is an “All ACS Publications” subscriber and this discount stacks with personal ACS membership discounts.

BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, and Springer Open.

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

  • Iowa State authors receive at 10% discount off of MDPI journal Article Processing Charges (APCs).
  • MDPI is a member of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

Nucleic Acids Research

  • Reduced page charge for publishing with Nucleic Acids Research, an Open Access journal published by Oxford.
  • The reduced page charge rate is $1,385 (the non-member page charge is $2,770).

Royal Society

  • 25% discount on APCs for Open Access articles published in Royal Society journals.
  • This discount applies to both full open access journals such as Open Biology and hybrid journals that offer an “open choice” article publishing option.

    Royal Society of Chemistry

    • This program will expire in March 2017. (see RCS news release)
    • ISU's RSC subscription provides a limited number of full waivers of the Open Access Article Publishing Fee (APF). Articles must have been accepted for publication by an RSC publication to be eligible. Please see RSC's Gold for Gold FAQs for more details.
    • Please contact to receive a voucher code to enter in the "Gold for Gold" online acceptance form.


    If you have questions about Open Access or the publishing discounts you can contact your liaison librarian or the Office of Scholarly Communication.

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