The Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Initiatives focus on three objectives--optimizing student and faculty access to the combined resources of our libraries; maximizing cost, time, and space savings; and supporting a collaborative environment where library staff can work together to solve their mutual problems.

Academy Owned Scholarly Publishing Landscape Report
Launched in the fall of 2022, the Big Ten Academic Alliance [BTAA] landscape assessment of academy owned scholarly publishing activities explores the shared challenges and opportunities facing publishing programs and operations within the Big Ten institutions.
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Big Ten Open Books
Big Ten Open Books connects readers everywhere to fully accessible, trusted books from leading university presses. Established as a new model for open-access publishing focused on equity and inclusion, we invite you to explore our Gender and Sexuality studies collection.
BIG Collection: Resource Access Policy Harmonization Report
The Resource Access Policy Harmonization pilot team is pleased to share their final report. Aspirational in nature, the report includes the new BTAA Resource Sharing Agreement plus Scanning Standards; reaffirms the Principles and Protocols for Sharing Special Collections within the Big Ten; and articulates important next steps for future pilot projects and working group investigations.

Library News

Big Ten Academic Alliance announces unlimited publishing deal with Institute of Physics Publishing

Dec 15, 2022, 12:17 PM

Participating Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries have reached a transformative, three-year Read and Publish Agreement with the Institute of Physics (IOP), a further step in collective action toward the Big Collection. This agreement begins on January 1, 2023, and runs through December 31, 2025.

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Strengthening the commitment to opening research, IOP Publishing (IOPP) has agreed to a three-year unlimited open publishing agreement with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) consortium in the United States (US). Beginning January 2023, the agreement enables affiliated researchers to publish unlimited Open Access (OA) papers at no cost to them. 

This open publishing agreement is a contract negotiated between IOPP and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which has led the negotiations on behalf of its member institutions. The agreement assists in moving the academic publishing business model toward “open” by combining reading access to journals with open access publication of research by authors from Big Ten universities.

During the agreement, authors affiliated with Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions can make their research openly accessible to the global community immediately after publication while retaining their copyright. In addition, BTAA institutions continue their existing access to the IOPscience extra collection.

“We’re delighted to partner with IOP Publishing to move toward a more open and equitable future,” stated Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives at the BTAA. “This agreement advances our collective strategy of open access scholarship by making member research available to a global audience and simultaneously reducing friction in the publishing workflow by removing the cost and workflow burden from authors.” 

Julian Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director at IOPP said: “We are dedicated to supporting research institutions in their ambition to publish all their content OA. We believe that universal access to research can maximize its visibility and accelerate scientific discovery.”