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Author rights and article sharing

Authors publishing in IOP Publishing (IOP) journals may share and reuse their article in several ways. The options available depend on the way in which you publish your work and the version of the article you wish to share or reuse.


IOP supports the sharing of article preprints. Our authors can share a preprint of their article anywhere and at any time. For full details, please refer to our preprint policy. The policy applies to all articles submitted to or published by IOP, whether on a subscription or gold open access basis.

Articles published on a subscription basis

Our policy grants authors the rights to:


  • include the Accepted Manuscript on the Named Authors’ own personal website(s);
  • use the Accepted Manuscript in personal compilations of the Named Authors’ own works;
  • make copies of the Final Published Version for teaching purposes;
  • include the Final Published Version in a research thesis or dissertation, provided it is not then shared online; and
  • reuse their original figures, tables, and text extracts (up to 400 words) in future published works.

After a 12-month embargo period:

  • share the Accepted Manuscript on any non-commercial institutional or subject repository.

Our full author rights policy for subscription-based publications can be found here.

Articles published on an open access basis

Articles published under the gold open access model are currently published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. This licence grants wide reuse rights for authors and users alike, and authors publishing their article on an open access basis have the right to share the Accepted Manuscript or the Version of Record of their article at any time.

Further information about publishing under a Creative Commons licence can be found here.

Alternative author rights policies

The information on this page applies to authors publishing in all IOP-owned journals and a number of journals published on behalf of our partners.

Information about publishing in journals adopting a different policy can be found on our alternative author rights policy page.

Rights Retention

Some researchers will be required by their funder to retain the right to self-archive a copy of their journal article in a publicly-accessible repository immediately upon publication. For example, this may apply if the funder is a member of Coalition S and has adopted the rights retention strategy.

Researchers can comply with funders’ rights retention policies by publishing on a gold open access basis, either in one of our fully open access journals or one of our hybrid open access journals. Researchers are increasingly able to publish gold open access at no cost to themselves through a transformative agreement.

Researchers who choose to publish their work on a subscription basis can self-archive a copy of the accepted manuscript in a publicly-accessible repository after a 12-month embargo period. In most cases this method of publication will not be compatible with funders’ rights retention policies.

Further details about self-archiving (also known as ‘green open access’) can be found here.

Contact details

For all author rights queries, please contact

We aim to provide a response to queries within five working days.

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