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Scholarly Publishing: Open Access Models

Alternative Publishing Models

In traditional commercial publishing, the library pays for subscriptions (print or electronic) and authorized users have free access. The advent of web-based publishing, combined with dissatisfaction with the existing scholarly publishing system, has led to the development of several alternative publishing models.

The link found below offers a succinct overview of the options. All of these models have variations within the model. Some commercial publishers have begun to allow author archiving or deposit in repositories after a period of time (called an “embargo period").

Emerging Models

Although open access publishing and institutional and subject-based repositories are the most well-known types of alternative publishing, there are other emerging models that may point toward the future.

Where You Publish Makes a Difference

Your choice of where to publish may make a difference in how often your article is read or cited. By understanding the options available through open access publishing, you can make it easier for your colleagues to read and make use of your work.

Will I Be Cited?

Several studies indicate that articles that are freely available have as much or even more research impact as other articles.

What the University of Iowa Is Doing

Through Iowa Research Online and Iowa Digital Library, The UI Libraries' offers a place for working paper series, conference presentations and other grey literature, images, sound and video files, as well as a repository of individual scholarly journal articles. We also offer a journal hosting service, which includes editorial management software, called EdiKit, to manage submissions, editorial functions, and peer-review for locally published journals.

The University of Iowa Libraries also supports the following initiatives and organizations through institutional memberships or subscriptions.