The new policy is part of society publisher’s commitment to increase global equity and inclusion in open access publishing
Researchers from countries with lower-middle income economies, as categorised by the World Bank, can now choose open access (OA) publishing in any of IOP Publishing’s (IOPP) journals for a flat charge of £500. The policy builds on IOPP’s existing approach that enables researchers from countries with low-income economies to publish OA for free in any of IOPP’s fully OA or hybrid OA journals.
IOPP’s decision to extend its Article Publication Charge (APC) discount policy to authors from countries with lower-middle economies acknowledges the importance of author choice. It is another step toward greater inclusivity for researchers who might otherwise not be able to contribute to the global body of openly accessible research.
Miriam Maus, publishing director at IOP Publishing said: “We recognise that the transition to OA is progressing at different speeds across the globe. Making the fee for OA publishing clearer and more affordable for this group of authors supports our mission to expand the world of physics in the most inclusive and equitable way. Researchers in lower-income countries should be supported to choose OA publishing in their journal of choice.”
IOPP has a long-standing commitment to making science more open and takes its responsibility towards creating a more sustainable, diverse and equitable world seriously. As a signatory of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Publishers Compact, IOPP is dedicated to influencing real change, both as a publisher and an employer. IOPP is also signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which supports more equitable and inclusive approaches to research evaluation, and partners with Research4Life, which helps to boost access to scientific research in low-income countries.