IOP Publishing announces Materials Research Express is to become a fully gold Open Access journal

10 May 2019 Simon Davies

IOP Publishing has announced that Materials Research Express (MRX) will become a fully gold open access journal from 2020 to reflect increasing demand for more accessible and open science.

All articles published in MRX from volume 7 (2020) onwards will be immediately free to read under a Creative Commons licence, providing maximum visibility and allowing authors to comply with any requirements for open access publication from institutions and funders.

Since its launch in 2013, MRX has published more than 6,200 articles, received submissions from over 90 countries, and has been cited nearly 10,000 times, becoming a central platform for the dissemination of high-quality, peer-reviewed research in all areas of materials science.

Under a fully gold open access model, MRX will provide authors with the widest possible global audience. The journal will also continue to prioritise excellence and rigour in the publishing service that it provides to the whole materials science community, including authors, reviewers and readers.

Antonia Seymour, Publishing Director at IOP Publishing, said: “As a pioneer in gold open access publishing in physics since 1998, we are excited about what will become a key addition to IOP Publishing’s expanding open access journal programme.

“The growth of Materials Research Express to become our largest journal is already a great editorial success story and we look forward to the role it will now play in establishing open access as a viable and affordable publication route for all materials scientists.”

The change in publishing model will come into effect for all articles submitted to MRX from 1 October 2019, with no charge for any articles submitted during October 2019. Thereafter, the article publication charge (APC) will be GBP1,100, discounted to GBP825 until the end of 2020.

In line with the Research4Life programme, corresponding authors based in many lower income countries will receive a full fee waiver or discount.

More information about this change to MRX, fees and discounts, and what it means for authors are available here.