Open Access for the UK (2020-)

IOP Publishing (IOP), Jisc Collections and universities within the UK 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.

All corresponding (submitting) authors at subscribing UK institutions (below) 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 and reviews (letters, papers, reviews 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 as well as reviews: Letters, Papers, Reviews and Special Issue articles.
Click here for a list of hybrid titles that are eligible.

1. Submission
The corresponding (submitting) author must be affiliated with a subscribing institution. When you submit your article please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article 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. 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.

Discounted APCs

Corresponding (submitting) authors at subscribing institutions can also benefit from a 70% discount on the standard APC of hybrid journals not included in the above list that are published with some of our partner societies. Please be aware that there is no identification process on these journals and authors will need to opt in to OA and request this discount personally. This includes Europhysics Letters (EPL), Fluid Dynamics Research, Functional Composites and Structures, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Journal of Instrumentation, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, Laser Physics, Laser Physics Letters and Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

This discount is not available for any journal that is funded by page charges or submissions fees.

List of eligible institutions:

Aberystwyth University
Aston University
Bangor University
Brunel University
Cardiff University
Cranfield University
De Montfort University
Durham University
Heriot-Watt University
Imperial College London
Keele University
King’s College London
Lancaster University
Liverpool John Moores University
Loughborough University
Newcastle University
Northumbria University
Nottingham Trent University
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast
Sheffield Hallam University
Swansea University
The Open University
University College London
University of Aberdeen
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Portsmouth
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the West of Scotland
University of Ulster
University of Warwick
University of York