Open Access Agreements
The information below provides an overview of the arrangements by which open access article processing charges (APCs) are covered or reduced thanks to the University Library’s support. For a step-by-step process for making your work open, review the university library’s Open Access Publishing How-To Guide.
Under these agreements, eligible authors do not need to pay any open access publishing charges:
|American Physiological Society (APS)1||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 (excluding three4)|
|Company of Biologists||ISU Corresponding Author||All Company of Biologists journals|
|Copernicus||ISU Corresponding Author||All Copernicus journals|
|De Gruyter2||ISU Corresponding Author||All hybrid De Gruyter journals and OA book chapters|
|Frontiers||ISU Corresponding Author||All Frontiers journals|
|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)|
|ISU Corresponding Author||All JMIR publications|
|Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development||ISU Corresponding Author||All JAFSCD articles|
|Microbiology Society||ISU Corresponding Author||All Microbiology Society journals|
|Open Library of Humanities3||All Authors||All OLH publications|
|Oxford University Press||ISU Corresponding Author||Nearly all OUP journals5|
|PeerJ||ISU Authors (Learn more about PeerJ details)||All PeerJ journals|
|Public Library of Science (PLOS)||ISU Corresponding Author||All PLOS journals|
|Punctum Books6||All Authors||All Punctum publications|
|Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)7||ISU Corresponding Author||All hybrid RSC journals|
|The Royal Society||ISU Corresponding Author||All Royal Society journals|
|Wiley||ISU Corresponding Author||All hybrid and full OA Wiley journals|
If you have additional questions or concerns about our open access coverage, please contact Abbey Elder, the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.
Our open access agreements are worked out in negotiations with the publisher and each situation is unique. Because of this, there are very few rules that apply to every agreement.
- In most cases, all you need to do is submit your article. So long as you or another author from Iowa State is listed as the Corresponding Author on your paper, your article's APC will be covered by our agreement in full.
- Individuals who are not current students, staff or paid faculty will not qualify for coverage. Students preparing to graduate before their article is published should plan accordingly by listing an advisor or other ISU-affiliated researcher as the corresponding or co-corresponding author on their papers.
- In some cases, the publisher will "check" your affiliation with Iowa State by looking at the email your corresponding author has provided to see if it ends in @iastate.edu. In other cases, the submission system for the publisher may ask you to list your institution or choose it from a dropdown menu.
- For Cambridge University Press, Wiley, and DeGruyter, you may receive an email telling you that you qualify for coverage to make your article open access through the library's agreement. In these cases, you can choose to request coverage even if you were originally planning to publish your work behind a paywall.
Want to acknowledge the library's support?
If you would like to acknowledge the support your article received from the University Library's OA agreements, you can add a note to your article's Acknowledgments or Special Thanks sections. The following base statement has been provided for those who wish to use it:
"The open access publication fees for this article were covered by the Iowa State University Library."
Thanks to memberships or agreements with these publishers, a portion of the article processing charges (APCs) for open access are covered by the ISU Library
|American Chemical Society (ACS)||ISU Corresponding Author||$2508||Hybrid ACS journals|
|De Gruyter||ISU Corresponding Author||15%9||DG monograph publishing|
|Luminos||ISU Corresponding Author||10%||All Luminos monograph publishing|
|Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)||All ISU Authors||10%||All MDPI journals|
An internal funding opportunity to partially cover the cost of publishing open access is available to full-time faculty and P&S staff at rank 37 or higher. The grant, Publication Subvention Grant For Open Access Journal Articles, covers half of the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC) up to $1,250.
See the Publication Subvention Grants section of GrantsHub’s Internal Funding website for more details or to apply.
This grant is funded through a partnership between the University Library and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
1 In addition to free open access publication, faculty who serve as corresponding authors for APS journals, will be offered a free one-year APS membership through this agreement.
2 Journals not covered by De Gruyter directly include all full open access titles. You will need to forward your invoice to the University Library before you pay if you would like an APC in one of these journals to be covered.
3 Open Library of Humanities publications are open access without any publishing fees because their operating costs are covered by a membership model. The University library is proud to support OLH and their mission to make Open Access publishing easy and affordable for authors.
4 The three journals not covered from CSHP are CSH Perspectives in Biology, CSH Perspectives in Medicine, and CSH Protocols.
5 The two journals not covered from OUP are The Library and European Heart Journal Supplements.
6 Similar to OLH, Punctum publishes all of its open access works free of charge. Iowa State University Library is proud to support Punctum's mission to provide free open access publishing services through their Library Membership Program.
7 Journals not covered by RSC directly include Chemical Science, RSC Advances, Nanoscale Advances, and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP). You will need to forward your invoice to the University Library before you pay if you would like an APC in one of these journals to be covered.
8 This discount stacks with personal ACS membership discounts (premier package) on Hybrid and Au OA journals.
9 This discount applies to full open access monographs. The APCs for book chapters are covered in full (see OA agreement table above).