Library Signs Agreement with De Gruyter to Support Open Access Publishing

Jan 07, 2019 · Abbey Elder

Following the development of similar agreements in Europe and the UK, the Iowa State University Library has signed a “read and publish” agreement with the publisher De Gruyter. The agreement will cover immediate open access publishing charges by Iowa State authors as well as allow expanded read access to De Gruyter’s journals.

Read and publish agreements combine traditional subscription-based access to journals with provisions to make authors’ works immediately open access upon publication. The University Library is only the second institution to sign a read and publish agreement in the United States.

“We are excited to offer another avenue for ISU faculty to publish their work open access,” said Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections.  “This is our first agreement of this kind, but we will pilot additional read and publish agreements in 2019, further expanding open access publishing options for our faculty.”

The University Library is proud to be a leader in the nation when it comes to support for open access publishing. As a signatory of the OA 2020 initiative and as a land grant institution with a mission to share our knowledge beyond our campus borders, we are aware of how access to high quality information is essential to our users and the wider research community. We look forward to providing additional opportunities for our authors to make their work accessible to Iowa and the rest of the world.

For more information about the University Library’s support for open access, visit the Library’s Open Access Publishing webpage. For additional information or questions about the De Gruyter Read and Publish agreement, please contact Curtis Brundy.