Open Access for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

IOP Publishing (IOP) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have come to an agreement which enables researchers to publish their work on an open access basis at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. The agreement balances the cost of hybrid article publication charges (APCs) against journal license fees for 2020 onwards.

J. K. Vijayakumar, Library Director at KAUST said:

“We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to open access through the first open access policy in the Middle East and will continue our efforts to align with global Open Access initiatives. Through a combination of open access programs, transformative agreements and research repository services, we strive to ensure our research articles on world-leading scientific advances are available to all. We were part of IOP’s open access off-set program since 2017 and converting to read and publish agreement for next 3 years from 2020”.

All corresponding (submitting) authors at KAUST can publish in eligible journals open access without barriers, without additional cost, and be certain that they comply to any open access requirement. Research articles (letters, papers and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

Included in the agreement are all subscription journals, owned by IOP Publishing, which offer a hybrid open access option. In addition, the agreement also includes selected journals which are published by IOP Publishing on behalf of our society partners.

How to take advantage of the agreement

This process applies to all primary research article types: Letters, Papers and Special Issue articles.
Click here for a list of eligible journals. This agreement includes journals in List A and B.

1. Submission
The corresponding (submitting) author must be affiliated with KAUST. 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. Identification
If your article is identified you will be notified during the peer-review process or shortly after acceptance, and your paper will automatically be opted in to open access. You’ll be asked to agree to the CC-BY open access license. If you wish to opt out please do so within five days of identification.

3. Upon acceptance

IOP Publishing will validate the article with KAUST to approve funding and verify that the corresponding author is a current staff member or student. If for any reason funding is declined, 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, please contact the journal to ensure that your work is included in the arrangement.

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