Iowa State publishes more articles Open Access than closed for the sixth consecutive year

Sep 08, 2021 · Eric Schares

For the sixth consecutive year, the majority of scholarly outputs coming from Iowa State University have been published Open Access (OA), making these works freely available for anyone in the world with an internet connection. This rise in researchers making their work open is in accordance with Iowa State University’s land-grant mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place. Further, it reflects the growing support available for OA at Iowa State University. 

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As seen in Figure 1, Iowa State researchers began publishing more of their research OA than Closed in 2015 and they have maintained that momentum ever since. This trend is likely to continue for a seventh year, now that the University Library has established an Open Access agreement with Wiley. This agreement allows all corresponding authors from Iowa State to publish their articles OA for free in any of Wiley’s 1,659 Hybrid or Gold OA journals in 2021. 

Want to replicate this data? 

To replicate and further explore the graph in Figure 1, log in to Dimensions filter Research Organization to Iowa State University, then click the blue Analytical Views button on the right pop-out pane. Choose Open Access and change the view to Timeline. You can click into the data points to explore the publications further. 

In only six clicks, you’ve built a high-level analysis of something as sophisticated as the OA status of our campus publishing output over time. Which publishers do we publish the most OA with? With which publishers are we still publishing majority Closed access? 

Moving toward Open 

The Iowa State University Library is active nationally and internationally in efforts to transform scholarly publishing by supporting sustainable open publishing models and moving away from traditional subscription-based models. As part of this work, the University Library has successfully negotiated and signed fifteen Open Access agreements with publishers to make Iowa State publications immediately and freely available to anyone with an internet connection. 

To learn more, contact Abbey Elder, our Open Access and Scholarly Communication Librarian, or visit the Open Scholarship Services website.