The University of Iowa Libraries

Open Access

International Open Access Week, October 24-30, 2016



During the month of Open Access week (October 24-30) we will be highlighting guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty, Students, and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2:00-3:30, 1117 UCC

This workshop is a collaboration with Taylor & Francis to offer faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and library staff an opportunity to examine the processes for developing manuscripts and submitting articles to academic journals. Preparing manuscripts, the editorial process, and targeting a journal for submission are among the topics to be covered.

The panel: Volker Thomas, a current Taylor & Francis editor; Corey Creekmur, a current Taylor & Francis editorial board member; and Alina Ladyzhensky, a Library Marketing Association from Taylor & Francis. Miriam Landsman, a current Taylor & Francis editorial board member, will moderate the panel.


Questions: contact Amy Chen,

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12:00-1:00pm, 2520D UCC

The UI Libraries and The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, sponsored a workshop on Open Educational Resources at The University of Iowa.

Find out more about open educational resources by visiting the OER subject guide.

Questions: contact Carmelita Pickett or Ericka Raber.

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. Read more about Open Access.