Five ways the library advances Open Access

Oct 14, 2020 · Megan O’Donnell

The University Library works to support Open Access on campus and around the world in multiple ways. Five high-profile areas are listed here.

1. Open access publishing agreements

Under these agreements the University Library fully covers the Open Access processing fees charged by publishers. There are currently 13 such agreements in place with an additional 5 publishers offering Open Access publishing discounts to ISU authors.

View the list

2. A pathway to open data

DataShare, Iowa State University’s open access data repository provides data set review, publication, and archiving. Share your work beyond the paper to attract new readers and see more citations. Did we mention that it’s free?

Share data

3. Re-envisioned university press

The Library’s Digital Press offers a suite of services and infrastructure to support modern scholarly publishing - including a commitment to open access. The press publishes conference proceedings, journals, monographs, and textbooks sustainably and at no or minimal cost.

Read and publish

4. Investing in Innovation

University Library supports and partners with initiatives, societies, networks, and publishers that further the local, national, and international dialog around open access to research, educational materials, and sustainable infrastructures. 

Learn about our investments

5. Today’s research is tomorrow’s scholarship

The Digital Repository captures the collective scholarship of the university and makes it available to the world. With more than 7 million downloads a year, Iowa State students and staff are guaranteed to find an audience for their thesis, dissertation, manuscript, poster, or preprint. 

Explore the collection

For additional information on these and other University Library Open Access Services please visit or contact the author, Megan O’Donnell.