IOP Publishing introduces open access option on 23 journals

3 June 2011

IOP Publishing (IOP) has today announced that it is introducing an open access publishing option on 23 subscription-based journals, effective immediately, so that authors will be able to make the final versions of their articles freely available on publication.

Institute of Physics News

This ‘hybrid open access model’ is being introduced to support authors who wish to publish on an open access basis, or who are mandated by their funding bodies, to do so in IOP’s traditional subscription-based journals as well as its seven pure open access journals.

Authors will be able to pay an article publication charge of £1700, €1950 or $2700 to make their work open for everyone in perpetuity. The price will cover all costs associated with publishing and reflects the high quality and high rejection rates of the journals in IOP’s portfolio. 

The option will be available on all article types with all submissions subject to IOP’s normal rigorous peer-review process.

Steven Hall, Managing Director of IOP Publishing, said of the new service, ‘IOP was a pioneer in open access publishing, launching the New Journal of Physics in 1998 in partnership with the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft and is now publishing seven pure open access journals. 

It is a natural extension to introduce an open access option on our traditional subscription journals. 

We want authors to be able to publish in their journal of choice, regardless of business model. Gold open access can be a sustainable complement or alternative to subscription publishing and we will work with funding bodies which seek to disseminate their research in this way. ’

IOP Publishing will take revenues from article publication charges fully into account when setting prices for its subscription journals, to ensure that publication costs are not paid for twice, through both subscription and publication charges.

Open access articles will be published under a creative commons licence. Full details of the licensing policy are available at

IOP Publishing will also continue to support green open access by allowing authors to post the accepted manuscript of an article into an institutional or subject repository after an embargo period of 12-24 months, depending on the individual journal.

The 23 IOP wholly-owned titles which will now offer the hybrid open-access option includes all the Journal of Physics series, Classical and Quantum Gravity and Nanotechnology. 

IOP is currently in discussion with its publishing partners on the suitability of introducing the hybrid option on co-published journals.

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