Open Access makes scholarship more accessible. Celebrate Open Access Week with our activities including a lecture and panel discussion: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/openaccess/
What is Open Access?
Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers.
(from A Very Brief Introduction to OA by Peter Suber)
How to Get Help With Fees
To encourage the University community to publish their research in Open Access platforms, the Office of the Provost and University Libraries have established a fund to pay the processing fees related to open access publishing.
What if I have more questions?
Contact Janna Lawrence, Assistant Director, Hardin Library.
Does Iowa have an institutional repository?
Yes: Iowa Research Online.