Canadian institutions to benefit from IOP Publishing open access agreement for the first time 

Three-year read and publish agreement signed with Canadian Research Knowledge Network 

IOP Publishing (IOPP) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) have signed an unlimited open access (OA) agreement. The three-year ‘read and publish’ deal offers authors affiliated with 45 CRKN member organisations unlimited OA publishing in IOPP’s hybrid and fully OA journals. The reading component of the agreement provides ongoing access to all of IOPP’s fully owned and partner journals. 

The agreement is IOPP’s first transformative agreement for North America. The society publisher now has transformative agreements with 242 institutions in 14 countries. 

Julian Wilson, sales and marketing director at IOPP comments: “We see a significant increase in the number of articles published OA in other countries throughout Europe and the Middle East where we have similar agreements in place. We’re looking forward to expanding the reach and visibility of research in North America by making the process of publishing as simple as possible for authors.”   

IOPP research shows that OA content is downloaded 80% more than paywalled content and cited 30% more, demonstrating the substantial benefits to publishing OA.  

“Working on behalf of our members, CRKN’s priorities continue to be increasing sustainable, cost neutral, open access options for researchers affiliated with CRKN member institutions at no additional cost to the author,” comments CRKN Executive Director, Clare Appavoo.  

“I am pleased that we were able to achieve these goals in partnership with IOP Publishing. This agreement will increase access to the content published in IOPP journals as well as the open access output of physicists in Canada,” adds Appavoo.