International Open Access Week 2020: A recap

The library celebrated International Open Access Week in October. Take a few minutes to review the articles written about various areas of OA and some thoughts from a few campus researchers.

The Open Access by the numbers infographic at right demonstrates some of the great strides Iowa State University is making in this area. It highlights some of the ways our scholarly communication programs help to advance the university's land grant mission and how we are sharing research with Iowa and the world.

Open Access Week articles

Global pandemic exposes need for Open Access

Discover what the University Library has accomplished in recent years to promote Open Access.

In the wake of the pandemic those successes have an integral role, especially when discussing highly sought-after research and information about COVID-19.

The theme of 2020 International Open Access Week is Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.

Learn how scholarship is typically evaluated for publication and the ways Iowa State strives for diversity in the published record.

The University Library works to support Open Access on campus and around the world in multiple ways.

From publishing agreements to innovative partnerships, the library offers countless paths for helping Iowa State researchers with Open Access.

Open initiatives continue to be a priority for the library.

Enjoy this carefully curated selection of Open Access and data related memes; you may even learn something.

Virtual event

Virtual symposium

A virtual symposium was held On Oct. 21, 2020, and participants were able to learn ways to improve the visibility and impact of their work. It was an opportunity to share stories and make connections.

Thoughts from campus researchers on Open Access

John Patience, professor, Department of Animal Science: The ISU Library Open Access agreement has been one of the most impactful initiatives in my career at ISU. Having financial support and guaranteed open access for manuscripts in authoritative journals such as the Journal of Animal Science, Translational Animal Science and the Frontier journals maximizes the profile of my research, and that of my colleagues. This not only impacts my professional career, but it helps to improve the scientific profile of my graduate students and thus helps them to get off to a good start. I am sure that this initiative will help all faculty publish in these journals which in turn will elevate the profile of Iowa State University within the scientific community.


Erin Hodgson, professor, Department of Entomology: My scholarship goal as a university citizen is to have my extension and research accessible to everyone. I use a variety of traditional and modern communication tactics to reach stakeholders. According to Impactstory, I am in the top 1% of all researchers for article accessibility. To make this convenience goal happen requires a concerted effort to ensure the journals I publish in are available to the public. 




Trishelle Copeland-Johnson, Materials Design & Characterization Group, Department of Materials Science and Engineering: My contributions through scholarly communication have been by participating in non-profit organizations, like the National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, to help professionals of underrepresented ethnicities in science develop their technical communication skills to relate to those within their field as well as the general public. 



Jacek Koziel, professor, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering: I quadrupled my peer-reviewed publications output once I decided to switch to open-access. The generally-faster review and publication process encouraged me to prioritize writing and communicating science.  I am thankful to ISU Library for negotiating discounts and full coverage of article publishing charges. This helps to put more project funds into research. Open-access breaks the barriers for scholars around the world that do not have resources to pay for a journal subscription. The industry finds my work a lot faster. 



Andrew Severin, Genome Informatics Facility Manager, Research Office of Biotechnology: The staff at the ISU Genome Informatics Facility created an educational web resource,, which contains bioinformatic tutorials for the most common analyses. Contributing to this resource has been a great way to provide outreach and extension/broader impacts to project grants. 





Harrison Inefuku, scholarly publishing services librarian, introduces the Iowa State University Digital Press and outlines the services the press offers.