Publishing open access allows anyone to access and read your work - increasing its visibility and potential impact

Understand your options

You have options for making your work open access:

The Open Access Publishing guide has tips on how to navigate this process.

If you have additional questions or concerns about open access, please contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Help covering open access publishing charges

Some publishers make your work open by default, while others ask for a fee to publish open access.

You can search for journals that don't charge fees through the Directory of Open Access Journals.

For other publishers, the library may have an agreement to cover open access fees for ISU authors.

Open Access Agreements

The current list of publishers we have agreements with is in the following table. For publishers we do not have agreements with, authors can request funding through Publication Subvention Grants.


Our agreements only cover open access publishing fees not other fees related to publishing, such as page overage charges or color charges.  

Only current students, staff or paid/emeritus faculty are covered by the agreements. Students who graduate before their article is published should list an advisor or other ISU-affiliated researcher as the corresponding or co-corresponding author to avoid disqualification.

Open access agreements for help covering publishing costs at Iowa State University
Publisher Eligible Authors Publications
American Physiological Society (APS) ISU Corresponding Author All APS Digital Library titles
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) ISU Corresponding Author All ACM journals, conference proceedings, and magazines
Biochemical Society (Portland Press) ISU Corresponding Author All seven Biochemical Society journals
Cambridge University Press ISU Corresponding Author All CUP journals (does not cover select article types; see covered article types)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press ISU Corresponding Author Most CSH journals (except CSH Perspectives in Biology, CSH Perspectives in Medicine, and CSH Protocols.)
Company of Biologists ISU Corresponding Author All Company of Biologists journals
Copernicus ISU Corresponding Author All Copernicus journals
De Gruyter ISU Corresponding Author All hybrid De Gruyter journals and OA book chapters. Full Open Access Journals APCs can be covered by the University Library - you must contact us before you pay.
Frontiers ISU Corresponding Author All Frontiers journals (up to two articles per corresponding author each calendar year)
F1000 Research ISU Corresponding Author All F1000 Research publications
Institute of Physics (IOP) ISU Corresponding Author Some IOP Journals (A, B, C, and D on this list)

JMIR Publications

ISU Corresponding Author All JMIR publications (covers $1,000, any remaining costs may be covered)
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development All ISU Authors All JAFSCD articles
Microbiology Society ISU Corresponding Author All Microbiology Society journals
Open Library of Humanities All Authors All OLH publications
Oxford University Press ISU Corresponding Author Nearly all OUP journals (except European Heart Journal Supplements.)
PeerJ Corresponding or Admin Author All PeerJ journals
Public Library of Science (PLOS) ISU Corresponding Author All PLOS journals
Punctum Books All Authors All Punctum publications
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) ISU Corresponding Author All hybrid RSC journals - For Chemical Science, RSC Advances, Nanoscale Advances, and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP), APCs can be covered by the University Library - you must contact us before you pay.
The Royal Society ISU Corresponding Author All Royal Society journals


ISU Responsible Corresponding Author

All hybrid and full OA Wiley journals - Does not include Hindawi journals

Discounts Currently in Place

In addition to our full agreements, authors may get a discount on publishing open access with the following publishers.

Discounts for publishing open access at Iowa State University
Publisher Eligible Authors Discount Publications
American Chemical Society (ACS) ISU Corresponding Author $250 Hybrid ACS Journals (This discount stacks with personal ACS membership discounts.)
De Gruyter ISU Corresponding Author 15% De Gruyter monograph publishing
Luminos ISU Corresponding Author 10% All Luminos monograh publishing
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) All ISU Authors 10% All MDPI journals