Open Access Publishing

The Iowa State University Library is interested in making Open Access publishing as easy as possible for our authors. To that end, the information below provides an overview of the arrangements by which open access article processing charges (APCs) are covered or reduced thanks to the University Library’s support.

The Library also provides information to help our users understand Open Access in our Open Access Research Guide.

For a step-by-step process for making your work open, review the university library’s Open Access Publishing How-To Guide.

Open Access Agreements

Under these agreements, all article processing charges (APCs) are covered by the ISU Library.

Agreements Currently in Place
PublisherEntitled AuthorsPubications
CopernicusISU Corresponding AuthorAll Copernicus journals
De GruyterISU Corresponding AuthorAll De Gruyter journals and book chapters
HindawiISU Corresponding AuthorAll Hindawi journals
FrontiersISU Corresponding AuthorAll Frontiers journals
Open Library of Humanities1All AuthorsAll OLH publications
Public Library of Science (PLoS)ISU Corresponding AuthorAll PLoS journals
Royal Society of ChemistryISU Corresponding AuthorAll RSC journals

1Open Library of Humanities publications are open access without any publishing fees because their operation costs are covered by a membership model. ISU library is proud to support OLH and their mission to make Open Access publishing easy and affordable for authors.


Open Access Publishing Discounts

Thanks to memberships or agreements with these publishers, a portion of the article processing charges (APCs) for open access are covered by the ISU Library

Discounts Currently in Place
PublisherEntitled AuthorsDiscountPublications
American Chemical Society (ACS)ISU Corresponding Author25%2All ACS journals
De GruyterISU Corresponding Author15%3DG mongraph publishing
LuminosISU Corresponding Author10%All Luminos monograph publishing
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)ISU Corresponding Author10%All MDPI journals
Nucleic Acids ResearchISU Corresponding Author50%4Nucleic Acids Research
The Royal SocietyISU Corresponding Author25%All Royal Society journals

2This discount stacks with personal ACS membership discounts.

3This discount applies to full open access monographs. The APCs for book chapters are covered in full (see OA agreement table above).

4You must access the NAR system using an institutional computer within the IP range registered by Iowa State for their system to recognise our membership and charge the member price upon your article's acceptance.


ISU Open Access Subvention Grant

An internal funding opportunity to partially cover the cost of publishing open access is available to full-time faculty and P&S staff at rank 37 or higher. The grant, Part A of the Publication Subvention Grant, covers half of the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC) up to $1,250.

See the Publication Subvention Grants section of GrantsHub’s Internal Funding website for more details or to apply.

This grant is funded through a partnership between the University Library and the Office of the Vice President for Research.


            Open Access Publishing with the Digital Press

            The University Library also supports Open Access publishing more directly, through our Digital Press. The Iowa State University Digital Press publishes open access journals, conference proceedings, and monographs in subject areas represented in Iowa State’s curricular and research offerings. Besides existing journals, conference proceedings, and monographs created by Iowa State faculty, students, and staff, the Digital Press can also help create and host new publications!

            For more information about the Digital Press' publishing services, view their Scholarly Publishing Services website.



            If you have questions about Open Access or the publishing discounts you can contact your liaison librarian or Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.