Last Updated November 30, 2017

Copyright

The content in IOP Publishing (IOP)’s journals and its partner journals is protected by copyright. This page offers advice and guidance on everything related to journals copyright, including how it applies to subscription and open access articles, and how to contact us if you have questions.

Copyright for IOP ebooks

Copyright for IOP conference proceedings

What is copyright?

Copyright protection applies automatically to any original work as soon as it is written down or put into permanent or fixed form; for example, pictures, photos, figures, text, graphs, videos. There does not need to be a © symbol next to the work for it to be protected by copyright.

Copyright generally lasts for 70 years after the death of the author of the work (or the last remaining co-author’s death). Therefore, just because the work is old, does not mean that it is not protected by copyright.

Copyright form

Upon submission of their article, authors are requested to complete a copyright form, which transfers (or for some journals, exclusively licences) copyright in all original material in the article to IOP or its relevant publishing partner if the article is accepted.

IOP requires a copyright form to be signed, whether or not the article will be published under the subscription model or under the gold open access model. The copyright form must be filled in correctly, signed, dated and submitted to IOP (for most of our journals this is done via the Author Centre) before an article can be accepted.

For further information on completing the copyright form, please see the section ‘Completing IOP’s copyright form’ on the Copyright and Permissions FAQs page as well as the important information section at the start of the copyright form in your Author Centre.

Copyright and permissions in relation to articles published under the subscription model

Articles published under the subscription model are fully protected by copyright.

In most cases, following acceptance of the article, IOP grants back to authors of articles published under the subscription model the rights set out in the applicable author rights policy.

Original content from subscription articles can only be used in accordance with the rights set out in the copyright form, and in the applicable author rights policy. All other uses by the authors require the express permission of IOP and/or its partner(s).

All uses by persons, companies or organisations that are not the original authors of the article require the express permission of IOP and/or its partner(s).

For information on how to request permission, see the permissions section.

Author rights under the subscription model

Information on author rights for subscription articles can be found as follows:

Copyright and permissions relating to articles published under the gold open access model

IOP and/or its partners generally still own or exclusively license the copyright to articles published under the gold open access model, but grant back certain reuse rights to authors and third parties under the terms of the gold open access licence.

If an article has been published under the gold open access model, it should have a box with OPEN ACCESS on it at the top of the first page of the article and the licence type (CC BY for newer content and CC BY-NC-SA for older content) at the bottom of the first page of the article.

Articles published under the gold open access model are currently published under the CC BY licence.

Articles published under the gold open access model prior to December 2012 were published under the CC BY-NC-SA licence (you should look at the first page of the article around this time to check which licence the article was published under).

Authors of articles published under the gold open access model have the same rights as third parties, as set out in the CC BY licence or CC BY-NC-SA licence as applicable. Please refer to the licence policy for gold open access articles for a simple explanation of what these two licences allow.

Any uses not covered by the licence the article was published under will require the express permission of IOP and/or its partner(s).

For information on how to request permission, see the permissions section.

Licence policy under the gold open access model

Information on the licence policy for gold open access articles can be found here.

Introductory guide to copyright and licensing

An introductory guide to copyright and licensing can be found here.

 

Copyright queries

Any questions should be addressed to copyright@iop.org.

An initial response to a query will usually be provided within two working days.