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Scholarly Publishing

This guide provides information about common issues in scholarly communications, including author rights, publishing open access, and depositing your work in a repository.

UI Libraries Commitment to Open Access

University of Iowa Libraries supports models of open access publishing that are equitable for scholars and the general public, both at our institution and around the world. Our Statement of Open Access Support provides more information about the resources and services we provide to make more UI scholarship open access.

OA publishing requires a lot of community-supported infrastructure. The lists below show the support for global OA infrastructure provided by UI Libraries.

Open Access Agreements

Research libraries are increasingly entering into open access agreements (sometimes called transformative agreements, read-and-publish or publish-and-read agreements) with academic publishers to allow affiliated authors to publish open access without paying article processing charges (APCs). Under this model, libraries pay publishers for access to a journal’s full content, as well as the right to make their researchers’ work open access, under a single contract and fee. This allows authors to publish OA without paying APCs. If you have any questions about open access agreements, please contact your liaison librarian or the Scholarly Impact department. 

Articles published through our Open Access agreements are listed in the UI Libraries Support Open Access collection in IRO. Here are the open access agreements the UI Libraries has contracted so far:

As of October 2023, the funding from these agreements has saved UI authors over $1.5 million!

Other Open Access Agreements

APC Discounts

UI Libraries has also negotiated discounts on APCs with certain publishers. If you have any questions about APC discounts, please contact your liaison librarian or the Scholarly Impact department. Here are the discount agreements we have on file:

Journals and Conferences Hosted by UI Libraries

The Libraries also hosts several journals and conferences, such as Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and Poroi. Please contact the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio for more information.

Open Access Collections