Open Access for the UK (2020-)

IOP Publishing (IOP), Jisc Collections and universities within the UK have a transformative agreement to enable a transition towards open access publishing.

All current staff members, researchers and students can take advantage of this agreement, where all eligible research articles will be published on an open access basis at no cost to authors.

For articles accepted from 1 Jan 2020 onwards, all IOP and the majority of our partner journals that offer a hybrid or gold open access option are included in the agreement. Please check the list below to see which institutions include which journal types and Click here for a list of eligible journals.

Please note that while the Article Publication Charges (APC) is covered, page charges or publication fees unrelated to open access are not included in our open access agreements.

How to take advantage of the agreement

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

    1. Submission
      The corresponding (submitting) author must be a current staff member, researcher or student of a subscribing institution (listed below). When you submit your article, please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself. Please also acknowledge any research funding during submission as well as in the manuscript itself.
    2. At first decision
      If your article is identified as eligible for funding 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. Acceptance and Publication
      Your paper will be published open access under a CC-BY license at no cost to you. You can share it as you wish and the article will comply with funder mandates.
      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.

Included Institutions from 1st January 2022

Click here for a list of eligible journals. Please check which list applies below.

Eligible Journals List A only
King’s College London
University of Aberdeen

Eligible Journals List A and B
Brunel University
University of Edinburgh
University of Manchester
University of Southampton

Eligible Journals List A and D
University of Sussex

Eligible Journals List A, B and D
Cardiff University
Durham University
University of Bath
University of Bristol
Lancaster University
Liverpool John Moores University
University of Cambridge
Loughborough University
Newcastle upon Tyne University
Northumbria University
University of Portsmouth
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast – QUB
Royal Holloway College
University of Chester
University of East Anglia
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Plymouth
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Surrey
University of York

Eligible Journals List A, B and C
Cranfield University
University of Oxford

Eligible Journals List A, B, C and D
Aberystwyth University
Aston University
Bangor University
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
De Montfort University
Heriot-Watt University
Imperial College London
Keele University
National Oceanography Centre
Nottingham Trent University
Open University
Sheffield Hallam University
Swansea University
University College London – UCL
University of Birmingham
University of Central Lancashire
University of Nottingham
University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde
University of Ulster
University of Warwick
University of West of Scotland