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From acceptance through to publication of your article

Here we describe what happens to your article after acceptance, including the option of having your accepted manuscript made available within 24 hours, and the proof checking stage.

What we do with your article after acceptance

After acceptance, your article will be typeset into our house style (see our Style guide for journal articles) using the source files that you have provided. This includes conversion of figure files and sizing them to fit the journal template. A proof will then be produced, which you will be asked to check.

Most IOP Publishing journals offer the option to make the Accepted Manuscript version available within 24 hours of acceptance. At this point, you can start to promote your paper to your peers (see the ‘After publication’ section for more details). For further information on the ‘Accepted Manuscript’ process, and which of our journals offer this option, please see our Accepted Manuscripts page.

Please note that, in exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to withdraw an article at any time before publishing.

Checking the proofs of your journal article

You will be contacted by email when the proof of your article is ready for you to check. We provide two methods to proofread your article; most journals use online proofing, a few use PDF proofing. 

You should check your proof carefully and make corrections directly through our online proofing service, which is quick and avoids transcription errorsFor PDF proofs, annotate the article with strikethrough, replacement text and insert text tools in Adobe Reader 

With both options you can add production comments, either directly online, or an equivalent sticky note in Adobe ReaderIf you use PDF proofing, please ensure all changes are visible in the ‘Comments’ listso that your corrections are not missed. Alternatively, you can supply a list of changes that clearly indicates where amendments are required. 

Please do not resupply a new source file because it is difficult to identify corrections and some could be missed. 

The ultimate responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of the published article rests with you, the author. If you are likely to be absent during the proof review period, then please let us know so that we can contact your co-authors (if applicable) or extend the deadline accordingly. In the unlikely event that we do not hear from you for a prolonged period, we may publish the article without your corrections. 

 When checking your proof, you should take particular care to check the mathematics, tables and references. Only essential corrections should be made at this stage. You should provide new files if figures need correction. You should check the accuracy of your original diagrams very carefully before submission; we cannot accept responsibility for any errors in original diagrams. 

Publication of your journal article

Once you have sent your proof corrections, they will be carried out in accordance with the journal style. The paper will then be published online as quickly as possible, typically within a month of acceptance. For journals that are printed, print publication may not happen for some time depending on the frequency of the journal. You will be informed by email when your paper is published online, and invited to provide feedback via a survey on the publication process. The published version of your article will also be available from your ‘My IOPscience’ account, allowing you to download the published PDF at any time (even if you do not have a subscription to the journal).

Purchasing reprints of a journal article

Reprints of a journal article can be purchased directly from the article abstract page in IOPscience, via the ‘Buy this article in print’ link within the Article information section (circled in red in the screenshot). For orders in excess of 250 copies, please email

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