Open Access Discounts and Agreements

The Iowa State University Library is interested in making open access publishing as easy as possible for our authors. 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.

Open Access Agreements

Under these agreements, all article processing charges (APCs) are covered by the University Library:

Agreements Currently in Place
PublisherEligible AuthorsPublications
American Physiological Society (APS)1ISU Corresponding AuthorAll APS Digital Library titles
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)ISU Corresponding AuthorAll ACM journals, conference proceedings, and magazines
Cambridge University PressISU Corresponding AuthorAll open access Cambridge University Press journals
CopernicusISU Corresponding AuthorAll Copernicus journals
De GruyterISU Corresponding AuthorAll De Gruyter journals and book chapters
FrontiersISU Corresponding AuthorAll Frontiers journals
F1000 ResearchISU Corresponding AuthorAll F1000 Research publications
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community DevelopmentISU Corresponding AuthorAll JAFSCD articles
Open Library of Humanities2All AuthorsAll OLH publications
Oxford University PressISU Corresponding AuthorNearly all OUP journals
Public Library of Science (PLoS)ISU Corresponding AuthorAll PLoS journals
Punctum Books3All AuthorsAll Punctum publications
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)4ISU Corresponding AuthorAll hybrid RSC journals

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 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.

3 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

4 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. 

How do I ensure that my article is covered?

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.

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 or 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 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.

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

Open Access Publishing Discounts

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

Discounts Currently in Place
PublisherEligible AuthorsDiscountPublications
American Chemical Society (ACS)ISU Corresponding Author25%5All ACS journals
De GruyterISU Corresponding Author15%6DG monograph publishing
LuminosISU Corresponding Author10%All Luminos monograph publishing
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)ISU Corresponding Author10%All MDPI journals
The Royal SocietyISU Corresponding Author25%All Royal Society journals

5This discount stacks with personal ACS membership discounts.

6This discount applies to full open access monographs. The APCs for book chapters are covered in full (see OA agreement table above).

ISU Open Access Subvention Grant

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, Part A of the Publication Subvention Grant, 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.