Author Rights FAQs

Our preprint policy applies to both subscription and gold open access articles. Under this policy, authors are permitted to share a Preprint of their article anywhere at any time, as long as copyright in the Preprint is not transferred, and as long as an exclusive licence is not granted to a third party. For more information, please see our preprint policy.

Our preprint policy applies to both subscription and gold open access articles. Under this policy, authors are permitted to share a Preprint of their article anywhere at any time, as long as copyright in the Preprint is not transferred, and as long as an exclusive licence is not granted to a third party. For more information, please see our preprint policy.

The Final Published Version / Version of Record of a subscription article cannot be shared online in any circumstances (including to a personal website, or any non-commercial repositories). The Named Authors can, however, deposit the Accepted Manuscript version of a subscription article on a non-commercial institutional or subject based repository, including arXiv.org, after the expiry of the 12 month post publication embargo period. A 12 month embargo period is applied to subscription articles in order to maintain the sustainability of subscriptions which fund the publishing process when articles are not published on a Gold Open Access basis. Most subscription articles are subject to the 12 month embargo period, but there are some exceptions to this. For more information on article embargo periods, please see the see the Accepted Manuscript section in the Author Rights Policy (subscription articles).

When depositing the Accepted Manuscript, the Named Authors must ensure that any copyright notice and any cover sheet applied by IOP is not deleted or modified, the Accepted Manuscript is only made available under a CC BY-NC-ND licence, and the following wording is included: ‘This is the Accepted Manuscript version of an article accepted for publication in [NAME OF JOURNAL]. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at [insert DOI].’

The Final Published Version / Version of Record of a subscription article cannot be shared online in any circumstances (including to a personal website, or any non-commercial repositories). The Named Authors can, however, deposit the Accepted Manuscript version of a subscription article on a non-commercial institutional or subject based repository, including arXiv.org, after the expiry of the 12 month post publication embargo period. When depositing the Accepted Manuscript, the Named Authors must ensure that any copyright notice and any cover sheet applied by IOP is not deleted or modified, the Accepted Manuscript is only made available under a CC BY-NC-ND licence, and the following wording is included: ‘This is the Accepted Manuscript version of an article accepted for publication in [NAME OF JOURNAL]. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at [insert DOI].’

The Accepted Manuscripts and Final Published Versions of articles published under the gold open access model by IOP are currently, unless stated otherwise, published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY). The Accepted Manuscripts and Final Published Versions of articles published under the gold open access model by IOP prior to 2013 are, unless stated otherwise, published under a CC BY-NC-SA licence. Please check the first page of the article itself to clarify under which licence it was published.

For articles published under a CC BY licence, authors—in common with all third parties—may deal with the gold open access article in any way you wish (such as posting it to your institutional repository, another repository or website, or sharing it with others), so long as you include attribution to the authors, the journal citation and notice of the CC BY licence. For full licence terms and attribution requirements, please refer to the CC BY licence on the Creative Commons website.

For articles published under a CC BY-NC-SA licence, you—in common with all third parties—may reuse the article for non-commercial purposes only and may post the article to non-commercial repositories and non-commercial websites so long as you include attribution to the authors and the journal citation, indicate if changes were made and distribute the article under the same CC BY-NC-SA licence. For full licence terms and attribution requirements, please refer to the CC BY-NC-SA licence on the Creative Commons website.

For articles published under a CC BY-NC-ND licence, you—in common with all third parties—may reuse the article for non-commercial purposes only and may post the article to non-commercial repositories and non-commercial websites so long as you include attribution to the authors and the journal citation, and so long as no modifications or adaptions were made to the article. If you wish to modify, adapt, or otherwise transform the article, you may not distribute the modified version.  For full licence terms and attribution requirements, please refer to the CC-BY-NC-NC licence on the Creative Commons website.

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