The University Library has worked to support open access on campus and around the world in multiple ways, some of which are highlighted here. 

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The Iowa State University Library has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) to support and improve the methods by which scientific research is evaluated. DORA recognizes the need to improve the research evaluation process, especially as it pertains to tenure and promotion for faculty.

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The Iowa State University Library signed the Expression of Interest to support OA2020 in 2018 with the support of the Faculty Senate Executive Board. With OA2020, Iowa State joins a growing number of researchers, libraries, and organizations that share the goal of making research articles freely available.

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The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is a group that works with publishers to convert peer-reviewed High-Energy Physics (HEP) journals to open access at no cost to authors. 

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Iowa State University Library is a member of CrossRef, a not-for-profit membership organization that works to make research outputs easy to find, cite, link, and assess.



ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, it can link you and your professional activities to ensure that your work is recognized. Register now!


The library is a member of the Library Publishing Coalition, an independent, community-led membership association of academic and research libraries engaged in scholarly publishing.

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The library is a member of COAR, an international association that brings together the repository community to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.

The library is the a member of the Authors Alliance Partner Program. The Authors Alliance assists authros who want to share their creations broadly in order to serve the public good.

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SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

The Open Textbook Network is a community that promotes access, affordability, and student success through open education.

The library has adopted the C4DISC (Coalition for Diversity & Inlusion in Scholarly Communications) Joint Statement of Principles, which promote diversity and inclusive practices in the scholarly communications ecosystem.

The library is a participating publisher in CLOCKSS, which supports the publication of online scholarly content.

Publisher Memberships

There are a growing number of publishers working on innovative methods for supporting the development of open access in the world. The University Library is a proud supporter of publishers that support openness in scholarship, including but not limited to: