The University Library supports national and international initiatives to transform how scholarship is communicated—from eliminating journal subscription costs to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing. These initiatives are listed here.

arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics

Authors Alliance

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


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

Coalition for Diversity & Inlusion in Scholarly Communications

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

Confederation of Open Access Repositories

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.


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.

Declaration on Research Assessment

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.

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

engrXiv logo

engrXiv (engineering archive) is dedicated to the dissemination of engineering knowledge quickly and efficiently.

HathiTrust logo

HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection.

Helsinki Initiatives on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication logo

Signatories of the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication support dissemination of research results for the full benefit of society, the protection of national infrastructures for publishing locally relevant research, and promoting language diversity in research assessment, evaluation, and funding systems.

Investing in Open Infrastructure logo

Invest in Open Infrastructure is an initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for open technologies and systems supporting research and scholarship. We do this by shedding light on challenges, conducting research, and working with decision makers to enact change.

Knowledge Unlatched logo

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) makes scholarly content freely available to everyone and contributes to the further development of the Open Access (OA) infrastructure.

Library Publishing Coalition

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.

Open Access 2020

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.

Open Textbook Network

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


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!

Portico is a community-supported preservation archive that safeguards access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

RDAP is an independent non-profit professional associated for information professionals committed to creating, maintaining, advancing, and teaching best practices for research data, access, and preservation.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

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 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.

Subscribe to Open” (S2O) is a pragmatic approach for converting subscription journals to open access—free and immediate online availability of research—without reliance on either article processing charges (APCs) or altruism. The University Library is a participant in the S20 Community of Practice.