Skip to Main Content

Open Access Publishing: Where to Start

This guide accompanies the workshop "Open Access Publishing: Where Do I Start?" co-sponsored by the Grad College and University Library.

Support from the University Library

The ISU Library has a lot of support services in place to help our graduate students who are interested in Open Access publishing. A few of these services are outlined below: 

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians can provide support throughout the entire research process: from searching for articles to looking at potential journals in your field. Find Your Librarian and ask them for help or contact one of our Scholarly Communication experts.


The ISU Library holds a wide variety of workshops every semester. For a list of this semester's workshops, check the University Library's Events Calendar:

Other Resources

Support from the CCE

The Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) was established to improve the communication skills of graduate students and postdoctoral associates. CCE provides advanced disciplinary communication, opportunities for writing practice and improvement, and a wide range of resources for students. 


The CCE provides one-on-one consultations with consultants specializing in academic and professional communication. Below is a list of the specific types of one-on-one consultations they offer:

  • English Writing Consultation
  • English Speaking Consultation
  • Interdisciplinary Writing Consultation
  • Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultation
  • Post-Doc Writing Consultation
  • Disciplinary Writing Consultation (Chemistry, Agronomy, & ABE)

These consultations can range from macro brainstorming, all the way down to micro, sentence-level details. In addition to one-on-one consultations, they also facilitate peer-review groups in which 5-7 students within similar disciplines gather on a weekly basis to provide writing feedback to one another.


During the fall semester, graduate students can attend a seminar series on Research Writing Conventions and or a seminar series on Grant Writing. During the spring semester, students can attend a seminar series on Job Application Materials that is tailored to those remaining in academia, as well as to those seeking industry positions. 


Profile Photo
Abbey Elder
150 Parks Library
Iowa State University