Open Physics


IOP Publishing endorses the goal of universal access to research in the physical sciences. We will support wider and faster access and grow the proportion of open access articles in IOP Publishing journals every year by:

Offering authors the option of publishing physical science research openly in any IOP Publishing primary research journal

Publishing all open access articles under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence with the authors retaining ownership of copyright

Seeking transformative agreements with any organisation wishing to make the outputs of their research fully open access

Annually reviewing the suitability of flipping IOP Publishing subscription journals to full open access

Reducing the administrative burden on institutions of managing open access policies and agreements

Making IOPscience, our content delivery platform, as discoverable, accessible and useable as possible


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Supporting authors with the costs of open access publishing

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We offer a range of discounts and waivers to help authors with the costs of open access publishing

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Increasing the range of open access journals

We publish a growing number of high-impact open access journals across the physical sciences and offer a range of options to publish your work openly

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Funding Eligibility Checker

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Authors can find out if they are eligible for funding for their article publication charge

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Establishing institutional open access agreements

We work with institutions around the world to establish mechanisms to support open access publishing for their researchers

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Accelerating open science in physics

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Read our Research Information article about how we see open science and what we can do to accelerate progress

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Supporting the use of preprints

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IOP Publishing supports the early sharing of research via preprint servers and other early sharing platforms

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Supporting open access standards and infrastructure

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We are a member of OASPA, a sponsor of the DOAJ and a signatory to I4OC

High impact open access papers

2020 roadmap on solid-state batteries
2020 roadmap on solid-state batteries
Machine learning assisted quantum state estimation
Machine learning assisted quantum state estimation
Classical information theory of networks
Classical information theory of networks

Research updates

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Expanding the reach of world class research through Physics World

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IOP Publishing endorses the goal of maximising reproducibility and trust in the physical sciences

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IOP Publishing endorses the goal of equal opportunity to influence the direction of physical science

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Ensuring ease of access

Our content platform, IOPScience, is quick and intuitive, making it easy to find and access relevant research

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Reducing open access administration for institutions

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Our Institutional Archiving Agreement automates the process of archiving accepted manuscripts in repositories for our institutional customers