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.

Institutional open access agreements

IOP has reached agreements with a number of institutions, funders and consortia to manage the cost of article publication charges (APCs) for open access publishing. These typically enable authors to publish on an open access basis at no cost to themselves.

For more information and to see how to take advantage of these agreements, please see the individual web pages below:

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 Research4Life eligibility criteria) are eligible for a fee waiver. Research4Life Group A countries will receive a 100% waiver; Group B countries receive a 50% waiver. Authors from eligible countries should request a waiver when submitting their manuscript.

Referee rewards

In recognition of the contribution made by our referees, IOP has introduced a referee reward scheme. Referees 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 referee has contributed to, on a gold open access basis. A referee reward credit will be given for every review completed.

Membership discounts

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.