(6 Jul 2021) Researchers from low-income countries can now publish open access (OA) for free in any IOP Publishing (IOPP) fully OA or hybrid OA journal. Article publication charges (APCs) will be automatically waived for researchers from countries defined as low-income by the World Bank, with no need for the author to request a waiver.
Miriam Maus, publishing director said: “It’s important that OA publication, which we know increases the global visibility, accessibility and impact of research, does not also exacerbate inequalities in scholarly publishing. Researchers in low-income countries should not be deterred from choosing OA options in their journal of choice.
“We already offer APC waivers to low-income countries for all of our fully OA journals – extending free OA publication to our hybrid titles will, we hope, increase participation in science globally. In addition, the fact that authors will receive the waiver automatically, with no need to apply, will further help to break down the barriers that might have discouraged authors from submitting previously.”
The announcement in full can be found here.