Researchers from institutions within the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium (LMBA)

IOP Publishing (IOP) has a transformative agreement with Lithuanian Research Library Consortium (LMBA) in Lithuania to enable a transition to open access publishing from 1st January 2023.

Who can benefit?
All corresponding authors that are current staff members, researchers (permanent, temporary and visiting), or students at one of the institutions below at the time of acceptance, can publish open access at no cost to themselves. The corresponding author is the author that submits the manuscript and is responsible for communicating with the journal during the submission, peer review and publication process.

What’s included?

  • Articles accepted from 1st January 2023 will be eligible for transformative agreement funding to enable authors to publish open access with no cost to themselves
  • Research paper, special issue, letter and review article types
  • Included journals are those in lists A, B and C. Click here for a full title list of eligible journals.

Please note
A small number of journals attract additional charges including but not limited to, page charges. These remain payable by the authors.
You may find our author guide for submitting under a transformative agreement helpful located in our Transformative Agreement hub.
For more information, please contact your relevant library contact at your university.

Eligible institutions

Kaunas University of Technology
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Vilnius University
State Scientific Research Institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology

Researchers from institutions within the Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link)

IOP Publishing has a transformative agreement with Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) in Greece to enable a transition to open access publishing.

Who can benefit?
All corresponding authors that are current staff members, researchers (permanent, temporary and visiting), or students at one of the institutions below at the time of acceptance, can publish open access at no cost to themselves. The corresponding author is the author that submits the manuscript and is responsible for communicating with the journal during the submission, peer review and publication process.

What’s included?
• Articles accepted from 1st January 2022 will be eligible for transformative agreement funding to enable authors to publish open access with no cost to themselves
• Research paper, special issue, letter and review article types
• Included journals are those in lists A, B C and D. Click here for a full title list of eligible journals.

Please note
A small number of journals attract additional charges including but not limited to, page charges. These remain payable by the authors.

You may find our author guide for submitting under a transformative agreement helpful, located in our transformative agreement hub.

For more information please contact your relevant library contact at your university or scholarly@heal-link.gr.

Eligible institutions

Aegean University
Biomedical Sciences Research Center “Alexander Fleming”
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
School of Pedagogical & Technological Education (A.S.PE.T.E.)
Athena – Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication and Knowledge Technologies
Academy of Athens
Agricultural University of Athens
Athens University of Economics & Business
University of Athens (or National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) (absorbed part of TEI of Sterea Hellas)
Centre for Research and Technology (C.E.R.T.H.)
Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES)
University of Crete
National Centre of Scientific Research
National Centre for Social Research (EKKE)
Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH)
General Secretariat of Research and Technology – Ministry of Education
Harokopio University
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
Hellenic Agricultural Organization Demeter (former NAGREF)
Hellenic Mediterranean University
Hellenic Open University
Hellenic Parliament Library
Hellenic PASTEUR Institute
Aquaculture Centre of Acheloos S.A. (ICHTHICA)
Institute of Educational Policy
International Hellenic University (absorbed Alexandrio TEI of Thessaloniki, TEI of Central Macedonia, TEI of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace)
University of Ioannina (absorbed TEI of Epirus)
Ionion University (absorbed TEI of Ionian Islands)
University of Macedonia
National Hellenic Research Foundation & National Documentation Centre
National Library of Greece
National Observatory of Athens
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Panteion University
University of Patras (absorbed University of West Greece, TEI of Western Greece)
University of Peloponnese (absorbed TEI of Peloponnese)
University of Piraeus
Technical University of Crete
University of Thessaly (absorbed University of Sterea Hellas, absorbed part of TEI of Sterea Hellas)
University of Thrace (or Democritus University of Thrace)
University of West Attica (merged TEI of Athens and TEI of Piraeus)
University of Western Macedonia (absorbed TEI of Western Macedonia)

Expanding a conference proceedings paper for journal publication

Physica Scripta welcomes the submission of appropriately expanded, archival quality versions of papers that have been published in the proceedings of recent symposia, workshops and conferences. This is an opportunity for authors to formally publish new material and/or results that may not have been possible to include within the restrictive short form of a proceedings article.

To meet the publication requirements of Physica Scripta, the submission of an expanded conference paper must represent the mature and definitive archival report of the research and include all of the necessary background details to enable others to replicate the results and fully understand the methodology/techniques used.

As a guide, authors must ensure that they comply with the following requirements in preparing their expanded conference paper for formal submission to Physica Scripta:

  • The submission must conform to the scope of the journal and display scientific rigour as well as originality beyond previously published work in the field. You can check the scope on the journal homepage.
  • The submission must be expanded to include new results and/or accompanying material to the earlier conference paper in compliance with the journal’s acceptance criteria, which you can find on the journal homepage. The expectation is that the submission includes at least 30% new and original material beyond what has previously been published.
  • The submission must clearly disclose the earlier proceedings publication by providing a full reference to the conference paper in the introduction, including the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and a complete summary of the additional technical contributions.
  • The submission must have a different title and abstract to the earlier conference paper.
  • The submission must be accompanied by a cover letter that discloses the earlier conference paper and specifies the additional results and/or material that have been included. This is critical information to enable our reviewers and editors to judge whether the proposed new technical contributions are sufficient to justify publication.
  • The submission must comply with IOP Publishing’s data availability policy. Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

All expanded conference paper submissions are peer-reviewed in line with the standard process and editorial requirements of the journal. Submissions that do not conform with all of the above guidelines will not be considered for publication. All papers should be submitted for full peer review via the journal’s submission system.

Further details about publishing in Physica Scripta can be found on the journal homepage.

Researchers from Mexico

IOP Publishing has negotiated a transformative agreement with National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) that will begin on January 1 2023.

Who can benefit?
All corresponding authors who are current staff members, researchers (permanent, temporary and/or visiting), or students at UNAM at the time of submission, can publish open access at no cost to themselves. The corresponding author is the author who submits the manuscript and is responsible for communicating with the journal during the submission, peer review and publication process.

What’s included?
• Articles accepted beginning January 1, 2023 will be eligible for transformative agreement funding to enable authors to publish open access with no cost to themselves
• Research paper, special issue, letter and review article types
• Included journals are those in list A, B, C and D. Click here for a full title list of eligible journals.

Please note
A small number of journals attach additional charges including, but not limited to, page charges. These remain payable by the authors.
You may find our author guide for submitting under a transformative agreement helpful located in our transformative agreement hub.

 

Researchers from the United States

IOP Publishing has negotiated transformative agreements with multiple institutions and consortia in the USA that will begin on January 1 2023.

” The IOP agreement will be an excellent benefit for NC State. NC State researchers can publish their articles as open access in IOP journals without having to pay the open access fees, increasing discoverability and readership of NC State scholarship”
Hilary Davis, Department Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries.

Who can benefit?
All corresponding authors who are current staff members, researchers (permanent, temporary and/or visiting), or students at one of the institutions listed below at the time of submission, can publish open access at no cost to themselves. The corresponding author is the author who submits the manuscript and is responsible for communicating with the journal during the submission, peer review and publication process.

What’s included?
• Articles accepted beginning January 1, 2023 will be eligible for transformative agreement funding to enable authors to publish open access with no cost to themselves
• Research paper, special issue, letter and review article types
• Included journals are dependent on your eligible institution, please see the below list for details. Click here for a full title list of eligible journals.

Please note
A small number of journals attach additional charges including, but not limited to, page charges. These remain payable by the authors.
You may find our author guide for submitting under a transformative agreement helpful located in our transformative agreement hub.

 

Eligible Journals List A, B, C and D

Alabama Birmingham University

Amherst College

Arizona University

Auburn University

Big Ten Academic Alliance:

  • Chicago University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illionis, Urbana Champaign
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa University
  • Maryland University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michgan University
  • Minnesota University
  • Nebraska University Lincoln
  • Northwestern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • Wisconsin University Madison

Clemson University

Connecticut College

Dartmouth College

East Carolina University

Emory University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida University

Furman University

Idaho University

Iowa State University

Kansas State University

Lawrence Technological University

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Louisville University

Mount Holyoke College

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Naval Research Laboratory

North Carolina State University

North Dakota State University

Notre Dame University

Pittsburgh University

Princeton University

Rochester University

Rowan University

Stevens Institute of Technology

University of Central Florida

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of South Carolina Columbia

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA):

    • Blue Ridge Community College
    • Brightpoint Community College
    • Central Virginia Community College
    • Christopher Newport University
    • Danville Community College
    • Eastern Shore Community College
    • George Mason University
    • Germanna Community College
    • Hampden-Sydney College
    • Hampton University
    • Institute for Advanced Learning and Res
    • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
    • James Madison University
    • Laurel Ridge Community College
    • Longwood University
    • Mary Washington University
    • Mountain Empire Community College
    • Mountain Gateway Community College
    • New College Institute
    • New River Community College
    • Norfolk State University
    • Northern Virginia Community College
    • Old Dominion University
    • Patrick & Henry Community College
    • Paul D. Camp Community College
    • Piedmont Virginia Community College
    • Radford University
    • Randolph-Macon College
    • Rappahannock Community College
    • Richard Bland College
    • Roanoke Higher Education College
    • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
    • Southside Virginia Community College
    • Southwest Virginia Community College
    • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
    • Sweet Briar College
    • Tidewater Community College
    • Virgina College University at Wise
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Virginia Highlands Community College
    • Virginia Military Institute
    • Virginia Peninsula Community College
    • Virginia State University
    • Virginia Tech
    • Virginia University
    • Virginia Western Community College
    • Washington and Lee University
    • William & Mary
    • Wytheville Community College

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Yale University

Eligible Journals List A, B and D

Haverford College

Olin College of Engineering

Seton Hall University

Union College

West Virginia University

Q&A with Professor Caterina Cocchi

Q&A with Professor Caterina Cocchi

We talk to Professor Caterina Cocchi, who is heavily involved in Electronic Structure (EST)’s Emerging Leaders issues (2020 and 2021) as well as the past events, and who has also joined EST as a guest editor.

How can IOP Publishing help early career researchers who are starting out in their publishing journey?

“IOP Publishing and publishers in general could offer more resources to train young scientists to write papers and to act as peer reviewers. For some unknown reason, academic education does not typically include official seminars or training about scientific writing and publishing. Both activities are typically passed on from mentor to mentee, naturally generating big gaps among scientists, which may ultimately affect their career. The ability to write a clear and convincing scientific text is not only key for publishing good papers but also to win grants, positions and, ultimately, to be visible in the community.”

Are there any tips, tools or websites that you would recommend?

“When writing a paper, it is important to communicate a clear message and to give the manuscript a clear structure. Also, using only essential words is much more effective than diluting the content in endless prose. During the peer-review process, it is important to always consider the referees’ comments on a factual level. Never take them personally.

I follow a few blogs about scientific writing. I can definitely suggest the one by Anna Clemens. It is regularly updated and offers a broad spectrum of suggestions and hints about scientific writing and about the whole publication process.”

What did you do after you published your paper? Did you promote it? How?

“I published my first paper in 2010 and back then social media was not very much used by the scientific community. To disseminate, I attended a number of conferences and workshops in which I presented the results of that paper.”

What would you say to an early career researcher who is asking the question “Should I consider publishing my research?”

“Publishing is the essence of scientific work. Any piece of work that is not published or disseminated to the community simply does not exist. Hence, if you want to give visibility to your work, you have to publish it. Very often, I see in young scientists the fear of submitting something that is not perfect, and this is usually the cause of big delays in publications. My motto is “published is better than perfect” and I encourage my young co-workers to wrap up their work effectively and disseminate it in a timely manner. Should the results be disproved later, well, this is how science works, right?”

Q&A with Dr Eden Morales-Narváez

Q&A with Dr Eden Morales-Narváez

We chat with Dr Eden Morales Narvaez, winner of the Emerging Leaders 2020 award in JPhys Photonics, who has published 20 papers, starting with his first paper on Plasmonic colored nanopaper: a potential preventive healthcare tool against threats emerging from uncontrolled UV exposure published in 2019. Eden is now an editorial board member for the JPhys Photonics journal.

What made you decide to publish your first research paper?

“A great mentor combined with surprising results led me to publish my first paper.

I joined Professor Arben Merkoçi’s team (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) in early 2011. In those times, our research team was very motivated by graphene: the wonder material. So, I performed some experiments with graphene oxide and discovered that we were able to quench the photoluminescence of quantum dots with an almost 100% efficiency.

At the beginning, I did not feel convinced about this surprising results that I was getting (I believed that perhaps my results were wrong), but a chat with my mentor was really encouraging, and then my mind changed completely. I remember that he said: Yes, Eden, people in science get surprising results, people do that! So, my mentor vitalized my self-confidence, and this was simply the starting point of my first research paper and somehow my scientific journey. Nowadays, I still publish papers taking advantage of the wonder material and its photoluminescence quenching capabilities.”

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting the process to publish your paper?

“I have to confess that at the beginning I was looking for a publication related to the biomedical field, because my thesis was expected to be focused in such a field. However, when I published my first paper in the materials field, I realized that early career researchers can modify the scope of their thesis to eventually unveil new steps and future opportunities in their career.

Besides, I am now aware that writing skills are your Swiss Army knife to succeed in the process to publish your paper. Editors and reviewers demand high quality papers, but they also enjoy manuscripts nicely and clearly written, the same as the readers. Professor Osvaldo Oliveira (University of São Paulo) says that writing skills are your best investment as a scientist and he also points out that a scientist with good writing skills is much better equipped than a scientist with other kinds of skills or resources. I could not agree more with Professor Oliveira.”

What did you enjoy/not-enjoy about publishing your research?

“I enjoyed sharing and discussing my published results in conferences and presentations. Seeing that my peers were reading and citing my research was also very satisfying. But no one enjoys rejection of their manuscripts, which is also part of the journey. Rejection is discouraging, but it is also an opportunity to change the scope of your research and/or improve the quality of your manuscript.”

How can IOP Publishing help early career researchers who are starting out in their publishing journey?

“Offer webinars on writing skills, promote all type of tools which are valuable in such a journey and explain their particularities and usefulness; for example, scientific search engines, journal suggesters/finders, plagiarism detectors, journal citation reports, research metrics, etc.”

Are there any tips, tools or websites that you would recommend?

  1. Feel passionate about your field or research topic. Mix such a passion with patience and resilience, which are crucial abilities to be developed in a scientific career.
  2. Seek a mentor whose results are inspirational and motivating for you. Mentors not only shape your current career but also the future of your career.
  3. Invest in your writing skills (as highlighted by Professor Oliveira).
  4. In order to publish innovative literature, you have to be aware of the state-of-the art in your field.
  5. Read, read and read more, especially the journals you would like to publish in.
  6. Be critical, spot agreements, gaps and controversies in your field.
  7. One of your goals should be to write and publish a review article related to your thesis/research topic.
  8. Avoid plagiarism, this type of misconduct can be easily spotted by peers using tools like ithenticate.
  9. Promote your research on social media using messages easy to understand. Social media is a perfect way to reach society, decision-makers, colleagues and stakeholders. Follow and interact with inspirational colleagues on social media.
  10. If you are not sure about the target journal of your manuscript, I recommend Master Journal List. This fantastic tool helps you to find suitable journals for your manuscript depending on the title and abstract.

What did you do after you published your paper? Did you promote it? How?

“The acceptance and publication of your first paper is a very special moment. Nausea, by Beck, was playing on my computer when I received the news of the acceptance of my first publication (I will never forget it). I happily jumped from my seat and celebrated the good news with my wife. In those times, I was not particularly active on social media but I immediately had the opportunity to share my results in NanoSpain 2012 (Santander), where I received valuable feedback on my research. It was really useful to plan new experiments and future work.”

How has publishing your paper influenced your career and networking?

“As I previously mentioned, I still publish papers taking advantage of the wonder material and its photoluminescence quenching capabilities. I am also the inventor of two related patents and several of my post-graduate students are developing their thesis taking advantage of the wonder material, even in translational settings. My networking opportunities were also enhanced; for instance, together with prestigious colleagues, I have organized some special issues dealing with 2D materials in reputable journals, I have several collaborations related to 2D materials and I have been invited by many editors to review countless manuscripts related to graphene derivatives. My first paper is also one of the most cited in my list of research papers. Definitely, that first publication represents a cornerstone in my career and networking opportunities.”

What would you say to an early career researcher who is asking the question “Should I consider publishing my research?”

“Absolutely! It will boost your career!”

Author Insights Summary

We hope you enjoyed reading these inspiring interviews and have gathered some useful knowledge to help you with your publishing journey. Below are some of our key take-aways from both interviews useful for early career researchers publishing their first article.

Alongside this, we also have an extremely useful Publishing Support hub for both authors and reviewers which include free resources such as:

  • Article templates – both double and single anonymous templates. These may help to speed the publication of accepted articles.
  • Editage – Language and figure editing services. Helping you prepare your paper ready for submissions.
  • Track my article – a platform which helps you find out where in the journey your paper is at.
  • Paperpal Preflight – A free pre submission feedback service which checks for and highlights issues before you submit your paper.
  • IOP Academy resources and events – workshops, webinars and online training covering various aspects of publishing in journals.
  • Submission checklist – check you have covered everything before submitting your paper.

Key findings:

Promoting and networking is important:

  • Take part in discussions and presentations at conferences and workshops to present the results of your paper.
  • Use social media to get your messages across in an accessible way.

Rejection isn’t bad:

  • Rejection is part of the journey – it’s an opportunity to change the scope of your research as well, potentially unveiling new steps and future opportunities.
  • Always consider the referees’ comment on a factual level. Never take them personally.

Writing skills are key:

  • Writing skills are your “Swiss Army knife” to succeed in publishing your paper.
  • Make sure you have clear and well written manuscripts.
  • There are useful blogs and websites about scientific writing.

Keep on top of the research in your area:

  • Be aware of the state-of-the art in your field.
  • Read more, especially the journals you would like to publish in.

Pros of publishing

  • “Any piece of work that is not published or disseminated to the community simply does not exist.”
  • Having published work helps networking and other opportunities for your career.
  • “The ability to write a clear and convincing scientific text is not only key for publishing good papers but also to win grants, positions and, ultimately, to be visible in the community.”

Advances in Natural Sciences: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Awards

Outstanding Reviewers

Suvardhan Kanchi, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Raja Selvaraj, Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Surendra Nimesh, Central University of Rajasthan, India

Muhammad Ikram, Government College University Lahore, Pakistan

Ratiram Gomaji Chaudhary, Seth Kesarimal Porwal College of Arts and Science and Commerce, India

Baolin Guo, Xi’an Jiaotong University,China

Rajesh Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology, India

Mansour Mashreghi, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Suminar Pratapa, Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia

Yusuke Yamauchi, University of Queensland, Australia

José Campos-Martinez, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Rouhollah Heydari, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Firdos Alam Khan, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, South Africa

Ahmad Kueh, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

Kavitha Pathakoti, Jackson State University, United States

Antonello Santini,University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Salk Institute, United States

Khawla S. Khashan, University of Technology, Iraq

Bryan M. Wong, University of California Riverside, United States

Fluid Dynamics Research: 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Awards

Outstanding Reviewers

Alexander Klimenko, UQ, Australia

Takashi Arima, National Institute of Technology, Japan

Long Chen, Northeastern University. China

Kazuhide Ito, Kyushu University, Japan

Yoshifumi Kimura, Nagoya University, Japan

Xing Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China