Last Updated September 10, 2018

Preprint pre-publication policy

This policy applies to all articles to be published/published by IOP Publishing (IOP), whether on a subscription or a gold open access basis.

 

Including the Preprint in a thesis/dissertation

Each Named Author of an article who wishes to submit an article to IOP or has submitted an article to IOP may include the Preprint in their thesis or dissertation at any time provided:

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It has not been and will not be published commercially

2

You did not and do not transfer (assign) ownership of its copyright

3

You did not and do not grant an exclusive licence to it, and

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It is not made available under any open access or Creative Commons Licence.

Any other use of the Preprint is considered pre-publication, and in such circumstances an article will not be considered for publication in one of IOP’s journals.

Posting the Preprint online

Each Named Author of an article who wishes to submit an article to IOP, or has submitted an article to IOP already, may post the Preprint on the following websites at any time:

1

arXiv/bioRxiv

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Other non-commercial subject based Preprint servers or repositories

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Scientific Social Networks that have endorsed the STM voluntary principles for article sharing

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Your Personal Website, and/or

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Your company/institutional repository

in all cases, provided that:

1

You did not and do not transfer (assign) ownership of its copyright

2

You did not and do not grant an exclusive licence to it, and

3

It is not made available under any open access or Creative Commons Licence.

Until acceptance of the article by IOP, you may not attribute it to any IOP journal. Once the Final Published Version has been published, you should add citation details and a link from your posting of the Preprint to the Version of Record via DOI. IOP also requires that authors include the wording as set out below:

‘This is the version of the article before peer review or editing, as submitted by an author to {insert 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}.’

Posting of the Preprint on any other site(s) is considered pre-publication, and in such circumstances an article will not be considered for publication in one of IOP’s journals. Please note, ResearchGate and Academia.edu are commercial Scientific Social Networks and so the Preprint may not be posted to them or shared on them at any time.

Definitions: article versions

It is important to understand which version of an article you are reading and what rights you have when you access our content. Is it the un-edited manuscript, the peer-reviewed manuscript, the final version or one that has been corrected post-publication? The following are our current definitions of the different versions of an article and apply to both subscription and gold open access articles.

Author’s Original/Preprint is ‘the version of the article before peer review or editing, as submitted by an author to the journal’.

Accepted Manuscript is ‘the version of the article accepted for publication including all changes made as a result of the peer review process, and which may also include the addition to the article by IOP Publishing of a header, an article ID, a cover sheet and/or an ‘Accepted Manuscript’ watermark, but excluding any other editing, typesetting or other changes made by IOP Publishing and/or its licensors’.

Final Published Version is ‘the peer reviewed, edited, formatted and typeset version of the article, including any tagging, indexing and other enhancements published by IOP Publishing and/or its licensors’.

Version of Record is ‘the Final Published Version, including any post publication corrections or enhancements and any other changes made by IOP Publishing and/or its licensors’.