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.

All IOP and selected partner subscription titles that offer a hybrid open access option are included in the agreement.
Click here for a list of eligible journals. This agreement includes journals in List A.

How to take advantage of the agreement

This process applies to all primary research article types: Letters, Papers and Special Issue articles.

1. At submission
The corresponding (submitting) author must be affiliated with a member institution. When you submit your article please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself. Please acknowledge any research funding if asked during submission as well as in the manuscript itself.

2. At first decision
You will be notified of identification during the peer-review process or shortly after acceptance, and your paper will automatically be opted in to open access. You may opt out at any time.

3. Upon acceptance
IOP Publishing will validate the article with a dedicated contact at your institution to approve funding. If funding is declined, or the institution has reached their article cap, you will have the option to find alternative funding or return to publication at no charge on a subscription basis.

4. Publication
All validated articles are published with a CC-BY license at no cost to the author, and comply with any funder mandates for open access.

If you have not been alerted before your article is accepted, you should contact the journal and your university’s open access team to establish whether your APC can be covered by the library.

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
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
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
Osnabrück University
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg
Technische Universitat Carolo Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
Technische Universitat Chemnitz
Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Technische Universitat Dortmund
Technische Universitat Dresden
Technische Universitat Hamburg
Technische Universitat Ilmenau
Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern
Technische Universitat Munchen
Universitat Bayreuth
Universitat Bielefeld
Universitat Duisburg-Essen
Universitat Kassel
Universität Konstanz
Universitat Leipzig
Universitat Paderborn
Universitat Potsdam
Universitat Regensburg
Universität Rostock
Universitat Siegen
Universitat Stuttgart
Universitat Ulm
Weierstrass-Institut fur Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster