OhioLINK and IOP Publishing sign uncapped transformative agreement

OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, has entered into a three-year unlimited transformative agreement with society publisher IOP Publishing (IOPP).  

Beginning January 1, 2023, the agreement enables authors affiliated with participating OhioLINK member institutions to publish their work open access (OA) at no cost to them. It also provides reading access to all 72 IOPP journals across the fields of physics, materials science, biosciences, astronomy and astrophysics, environmental sciences, and mathematics.  

“We’re happy to add options to publish barrier-free research at no cost to authors and to increase the global profile of Ohio scholarship,” said OhioLINK Executive Director Amy Pawlowski. “OhioLINK has enjoyed a longstanding and productive working relationship with IOPP, and we look forward to our continued collaboration.”  

The worldwide availability of OA articles results in broader dissemination of scholarship and more citations for authors, which in turn can help to accelerate innovation.  The importance of public access to research is acknowledged worldwide, including in the recent White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo, which stated that by the end of 2025 all federally funded research papers and data must be freely and immediately available to the public upon publication.  

Julian Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director at IOPP said: “Our agreement with OhioLINK consolidates our relationship with forward-looking consortia and our presence in the region. More than half of US researchers who publish their work with us choose to do so OA and benefit from a wider readership and greater impact of their work. We expect that percentage to grow in the run up to the implementation of the OSTP requirement – this agreement takes authors affiliated with OhioLINK a step closer to fulfilling the conditions.”  

IOP Publishing has transformative agreements with over 500 institutions in 22 countries and sees them as key to accelerating the OA transition. Details of all IOPP TAs can be found on their dedicated TA hub.    

Considered one of the leading library consortia in the United States, OhioLINK has 88 academic library members from public and private institutions, including ten very high and high research-intensive institutions, as well as most two-year colleges. OhioLINK negotiates more than 65 consortia agreements for statewide, shared library resources and services each year.  

OhioLINK member institutions can find more information about publishing in IOPP journals at IOPP Journals Open Access Publishing: Information for Authors