The Iowa State University Digital Press provides publishing services for:
- active scholarly, academic, and co-curricular publications; and
- hosting services for active and ceased scholarly, academic, and co-curricular publications;
from Iowa State faculty, staff, campus units, student organizations, researchers from other institutions, independent authors, and scholarly, professional, and community organizations. The disciplinary focus of the publication must be reflected in Iowa State University’s academic and/or research programs.
Student organizations interested in utilizing the Digital Press's publishing services must identify a faculty adviser and be either sponsored by a campus unit or recognized by the Student Activities Center.
Copyright and Open Access
Iowa State University Digital Press strives to increase access to the
scholarly record through the publication of Open Access journals. All
publications published or hosted by the Digital Press must be fully Open
Copyright in journals published on behalf of Iowa State faculty, staff, campus units, and student organizations is held by Iowa State University. Copyright in journals published on behalf of scholarly or professional organizations will be held by the organization. Copyright in individual articles will remain with the author(s). The Iowa State University Digital Press strongly encourages publishing under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) or Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY-NC) to maximize the distribution and reuse of articles.
The Iowa State University Digital Press is committed to increasing the diversity of voices that are represented in the scholarly record. We welcome journals, conferences, and edited volumes that seek to publish submissions from students, emerging scholars, authors from underrepresented groups, in languages other than English, and voices from outside academia. We strongly encourage journal editors and conference organizers to build editorial boards and peer reviewer pools that are inclusive of a diversity of identities, geographies, perspectives, and lived experiences appropriate to the scope of the journal or conference.
Tools, Services, and Responsibilities
The Iowa State University Digital Press utilizes the following publishing platforms: Janeway, Pressbooks, and PubPub. The Scholarly Publishing Services librarian will work with authors and/or editors to determine the most suitable platform for each publication. The following tools and services provided by the Iowa State University Digital Press:
- A custom-designed site
- Software to manage editorial and peer-review workflows
- Training and technical support
- Readership statistics for editors and authors
- Registering ISSN, ISBN and DOIs and other relevant identifiers
- Assistance with marketing and indexing in relevent disciplinary databases
- Information and advice on copyright and licensing
Optional services provided by the Iowa State University Digital Press include:
- Digitization and hosting of journal back issues
Publication editor(s) are responsible for:
- Establishing editorial, authorship, and copyright policies
- Establishing review policies and procedures
- Publication administration and management, including submissions and peer review
- Ensuring reference lists include DOIs for citations of journal articles, when available
- Copyediting, proofreading, and creating article templates
- Ensuring the continuity and sustainability of journals
Author(s) are responsible for:
- Delivering text and images in file formats and specifications requested by the Digital Press
- Obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials created by third parties
- Including DOIs for citations of journal articles in reference lists, when available
The division of production labor, including typesetting, formatting, and layout, will be determined on a publication-by-publication basis.
Costs and Fees
There are currently no costs and fees for using Iowa State University Digital Press's publishing services as outlined in the tools, services, and responsibilities section. Additional services, including, but not limited to, complex layout and design, copyediting, and back issue digitization, may incur additional fees on a cost-recovery basis.
For journal authors:
Publication fees for authors are determined by the editorial boards of each journal. The majority of our journals do not charge authors publication fees.
For book and conference authors:
There are currently no costs and fees authors of books, book chapters, conference papers, or presentations. If conference proceedings are published as part of a journal, any publication fees set by the journal may apply. Additional services, including, but not limited to, complex layout and design, developmental editing, and copyediting may incur additional fees on a cost-recovery basis.
In addition to publishing and/or hosting current and new issues of journals, the Iowa State University Library can digitize and host back issues of existing journals. A timeframe for the digtiization and upload of back issues will need to be negotiated and will be dependent on the availability of resources. If there is a significant amount to add, funding may be requested to support the hiring of student assistants who can assist with the processing and upload of back issues.
The Iowa State University Digital Press is funded by the Iowa State University Library. Services including, but not limited to, complex layout and design, developmental editing, copyediting, and back issue digitization may incur charges on a cost-recovery basis. The Digital Press may seek external sources of funding to support its publishing program. Participation in any funding programs does not influence editorial decisions made by the Digital Press or the editorial boards of its publications.
Journals and conferences published by the Iowa State University Digital Press are managed by independent editorial boards. The Digital Press does not influence editorial decisions made by editorial boards.
Journals and select conference proceedings published by the Iowa State University Digital Press are preserved in CLOCKSS and Portico. We encourage our authors to self-archive their work published by the Digital Press.