Princeton University’s policy on Open Access

There are various types of “open access” policies that are expanding on college campuses. Now, Princeton University has taken a different view – they have “banned” their faculty from granting copyright to publishers. Read the full story through the link below.

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

by Peter Suber

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. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

New University of Iowa web resource maps the decline of a great American city

An interactive web project presenting a visualization of the political and social factors that led to the decline of one of America’s greatest cities has been released.

Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City ( )  represents University of Iowa History Professor Colin Gordon’s examination of how white flight, discriminatory zoning laws, and other factors resulted in the residential segregation that led to the decline of St. Louis’s urban core. The site combines conventional archival research with digital mapping technology and digitized historic artifacts to show users how a multitude of factors shaped the city over time.  The project builds on Gordon’s book by the same name published in 2008 by PennPress.

Enhanced by census data, property records, historical maps, and other primary source documents such as pamphlets, photographs, and city plans, the online maps tell the familiar story of urban decline in a new and compelling way.

The site is among the first in a growing collection of digital humanities projects hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries ( ). Funded in part by an Arts and Humanities Initiative grant from the UI Office of the Vice President for Research, the project involved input from GIS specialists, web programmers, and librarians from across the Iowa campus.

Thank you to all our OA authors.

As the cost of journal subscriptions continues to rise, we need more authors like you to publish their scholarly work in open access journals. We hope that you’ll encourage your colleagues to do the same. If you have other questions about open access publishing, please feel free to talk with the library liaison in your department.

Since it’s International Open Access Week (Oct 18-22), and we wanted to send a small token of our appreciation (a t-shirt from PLoS) to some lucky UI authors (we drew names) who have recently published in an open access journal in the Public Library of Science.

Congratulations to our winners!

  • Botond Banfi, associate professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Kevin Bugge, staff member in Pediatrics
  • Karla Daniels, associate research scientist in Biology
  • Pamela Geyer, professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Adam Hedberg-Buenz, graduate research assistant in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics; Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Shihao Shen, graduate research assistant in Biostatistics
  • Diane Slusarski, professor in Biological Sciences
  • Anne Tye, undergraduate research assistant in Internal Medicine

Are you wondering who else among your peers is publishing in Open Access Journals?

Faculty across The University of Iowa are already publishing in Open Access journals. This is just the beginning; there is more you can do to become part of the solution.

Scientists are the ultimate remixers


Making the Web Work for Science

Science Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. We identify unnecessary barriers to research, craft policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develop technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use.

Our goal is to speed the translation of data into discovery — unlocking the value of research so more people can benefit from the work scientists are doing.

Open Access Video from SPARC


SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries (of which The University of Iowa Libraries is a member) working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. Its pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries. Action by SPARC in collaboration with stakeholders – including authors, publishers, and libraries – builds on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship. Leading academic organizations have endorsed SPARC.

Orange for Open Access

The University of Iowa Libraries joins thousands of other academic research libraries worldwide in celebration of Open Access Week, which is now in its fourth year. To draw attention to this important issue facing faculty, students and librarians, we’re turning our website orange in recognition of Open Access.

We see this as an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.