The new policy is part of the publishers’ society’s commitment to increasing global equity and inclusion in open access publishing
Researchers from lower-middle-income countries, as classified by the World Bank, can now choose Open Access (OA) publishing in any of the IOP Publishing (IOPP) journals for a flat fee of $500 £. The policy builds on IOPP’s existing approach that allows researchers in low-income countries to publish freely in open access in any of IOPP’s full open access or hybrid open access journals.
IOPP’s decision to extend its Article Publication Cost (APC) rebate policy to authors from lower-middle-economy countries recognizes the importance of author choice. It is another step towards greater inclusion for researchers who otherwise could not contribute to the global body of freely accessible research.
Miriam Maus, Publishing Director at IOP Publishing, said, “We recognize that the transition to AO is progressing at different speeds around the world. Making open access publishing fees 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 low-income countries should be encouraged to choose open access publication in the journal of their choice. »
IOPP has a long-standing commitment to making science more open and takes seriously its responsibility to create a more sustainable, diverse and equitable world. As a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Publishers Compact, IOPP is committed to influencing real change, both as a publisher and as an employer. IOPP is also a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which supports more equitable and inclusive approaches to research assessment, and partners with Research4Life, which helps strengthen access to scientific research in low-income countries.