Researchers from institutions within the German National Consortium

IOP Publishing (IOP) and the German National Library of Science and Technology have established a national consortium agreement which enables researchers at eligible participating institutions to publish a fixed number of articles on an open access basis in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. The agreement covers the cost of open access centrally for qualifying corresponding authors, such that no fee or further action is required upon publication.

The new Institutional Research License (IRL) will balance the cost of hybrid article publication charges (APCs) against journal license fees for 2019-2021. While transformation towards Open Access is stimulated participating institutions benefit from moderate price increases which just reflect changes in the title portfolio.

How to take advantage of this agreement

IOP will automatically identify articles that potentially qualify for funding based on the institution of the corresponding author on the paper. The corresponding author will be notified during the peer review process after the first decision phase, and will be automatically opted in to open access. On acceptance, IOP will validate the article with a dedicated contact at each eligible institution, to approve funding. If funding is declined, the author will have the option to find alternate funding or must refrain from an Open Access publication and return to publication at no charge on a subscription basis. The author may opt out at any time. Note that funding may not be available if the institution reaches their article cap.

Click here for a list of eligible hybrid open access titles. Note that any articles validated by the library beyond their cap will be charged to the library at the standard journal rate.

To qualify the corresponding author must be affiliated with an eligible institution within the IOP national consortium, and submit the paper with this institution included in the article submission details.

If you believe your article qualifies for funding, but have not received any communication at the point of acceptance, please contact the journal.

You may also contact the German National Consortium at:

List of eligible IOP IRL-Consortium member institutions:

Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
Bundesanstalt fur Materialforschung und -prufung
Carl von Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitat Greifswald
Forschungsverbund Berlin
Forschungszentrum Julich
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung eV
Freie Universitat Berlin
Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena
Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main
GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf
Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen Deutsches Forschungszentrum fur Umwelt und Gesundheit
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
Helmut-Schmidt-Universitat Universitat der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Justus Liebig Universitat Giessen
Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie
Leibniz Universitat Hannover
Leibniz-Institut fur Festkorper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden eV
Leibniz-Institut fur innovative Mikroelektronik
Leibniz-Institut fur Neue Materialien gGmbH
Leibniz-Institut fur Plasmaforschung und Technologie eV
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg
Otto von Guericke Universitat Magdeburg
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg
Technische Universitat Carolo Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
Technische Universitat Chemnitz
Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Technische Universitat Dresden
Technische Universitat Hamburg
Technische Universitat Ilmenau
Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern
Technische Universitat Munchen
Universitat Bayreuth
Universitat Bielefeld
Universitat Duisburg-Essen
Universitat Kassel
Universitat Leipzig
Universitat Paderborn
Universitat Potsdam
Universitat Regensburg
Universitat Siegen
Universitat Stuttgart
Universitat Ulm
Weierstrass-Institut fur Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster