Paying for open access
There is a wide range of sources of funding for open access article publication charges (APCs). Many research grants allow funds to be used for APCs and funders may operate dedicated publishing funds. Departmental funds or central institutional funds administered by your research office or library may be available and only occasionally do you pay the fee yourself. You can pay using our simple online charging service, but we also accept payment against invoice or a prepayment account for institutions and funders.
Some institutions and funders have direct funding agreements with IOP to cover open access fees, without the need for authors to arrange payment. To find the best option, we encourage you to consult the journal team as well as your library’s open access team or your research funder.
Transformative and institutional open access agreements
IOP has established agreements to enable authors from a variety of institutions to publish on an open access basis at no cost to themselves. Further details about these agreements can be found on our institutional open access page.
Waivers and discounts
Inability to pay for some or all of an APC should not be a barrier to submitting work in IOP’s gold open access journals, and it is our policy to assist authors from developing countries who choose to publish with us.
Corresponding authors based in low income countries (as defined by the World Bank) are eligible for a fee waiver. Countries listed in group A are eligible to receive a full APC waiver (100% discount) and countries listed in group B are eligible to receive a 50% discount on the APC.
To claim this discount, authors must request the waiver or discount by email to the journal office within two days of submitting their manuscript.
Central African Republic
Congo, Dem. Rep
Korea, Dem. People’s Rep.
Syrian Arab Republic
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
West Bank and Gaza
Applications for discretionary APC waivers for authors from other countries who are unable to pay an article publication charge will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applications for a discretionary waiver must be made by email to the journal office at the point of submission. Applications made once a paper has entered peer review or has been accepted will not be considered.
In recognition of the contribution made by our reviewers, IOP has introduced a reviewer reward scheme. Reviewers who review articles for selected journals from our portfolio receive a 10% credit. Credit can be used towards the cost of publishing an article a reviewer has contributed to, on a gold open access basis. A reviewer reward credit will be given for every review completed.
Authors of articles in fully gold open access journals who are members of the Institute of Physics and certain affiliated societies are entitled to discounted APCs. For details, see the individual journal web pages.