IOP Publishing works with funders from around the world to maximise the impact of and access to the published outputs of the research that they support.
If a funder wants their researchers to publish on an open access basis, IOP Publishing will work with them to ensure high-quality peer review and publication in leading journals under a viable and cost-effective business model. We are already working proactively with a number of funders to seek solutions that streamline the process of offering a responsible, sustainable and scalable way to achieve open access for the research that they fund.
IOP and open access
IOP is a pioneer in open access publishing. We launched New Journal of Physics in 1998 in partnership with the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, and we now publish seven fully open access journals as well as offering a hybrid open access option on our subscription journals. IOP Publishing enables authors and their funding agencies to make the final published versions of their research papers freely available online, under a Creative Commons licence, on payment of a publication fee. The fee covers all publication costs, from the management of peer review to the online hosting, dissemination and long-term archiving of the published paper. 39 journals published by IOP offer this option. This includes the seven fully open access journals and 32 "hybrid" subscription journals. Articles are made freely available immediately on publication.
IOP Publishing wants authors to be able to publish in their journal of choice, regardless of business model. Open access publishing, through payment of a publication fee, can be a sustainable complement or alternative to subscription publishing and we will work with funding bodies that seek to disseminate their research in that way.
IOP Publishing also supports authors who are required by their funding agencies to make their research papers freely available via an institutional or subject repository. Authors may post their accepted manuscript in an institutional or subject repository after an embargo period of 12–24 months following publication, depending on the journal.
Read more about our open access policy here.
IOP Publishing has formal central funding arrangements in place with a number of organisations worldwide to help the researchers they represent publish in our open access journals. For example, there are agreements for New Journal of Physics (NJP) with the Max Planck Society, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Helmholtz Association. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft (DFG) in Germany have agreed that the NJP publication fee may be applied for in their grants.