Electrochemical Society powers ahead with open science – Physics World

“In a bid to remove the cost barrier for more authors to make their work freely accessible, the society launched its forward-looking ECS Plus programme in 2016. This read-and-publish package not only provides institutions with full access to the ECS digital library, but also allows authors at those institutions to publish an unlimited number of open access articles in ECS journals for free. The uptake has been impressive, with more than 1000 research centres around the world now subscribing to the package….”

Trio of OA agreements in Asia mark a first for IOP Publishing – IOP Publishing

“The three-year read and publish agreements with the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will deliver a range of benefits, including:  

No article publication charges for authors publishing in all IOPP journals and almost all partner journals 
Publications in both hybrid and gold OA journals are covered 
Publishing under an open licence (CC-BY), allowing authors to retain copyright 
Reading access to all IOPP research published over the last 10 years…”

Chefs de Cuisine: Perspectives from Publishing’s Top Table – Antonia Seymour – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Our products and services must develop and evolve to ultimately help researchers maximize their contribution to the world’s scientific understanding. The move to open science reinforces our core purpose as a learned society, which is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and education.

Conducting science more openly can accelerate scientific discovery…

The sector-wide shift towards open access is a huge opportunity for us at IOP Publishing, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. We share the ambitions of policymakers and funders, and we know that the support from researchers for an open future is there. A global study that we carried out with other society publishers found that over half of physical science researchers want to publish open access. Yet 62% of respondents also told us that a lack of monies from funding agencies prevents them from doing so….

There are a range of models being deployed to recoup the investments that publishers make into the management of peer review and ensuring quality research outputs. Gold open access to the Version of Record delivered through institutional agreements is emerging as the most prominent model, and for good reason. It’s financially sustainable at scale; it empowers authors because they don’t need to find the funding themselves; it delivers universal access to authoritative and credible research; and it provides the exposure that researchers crave — with articles published on an open access basis at IOP Publishing downloaded 80% more and cited 30% more than articles behind paywalls.

As we all set our sights on a fully open world and the benefits it undoubtedly brings, the concern remains that researchers from less wealthy countries and institutions or those working in less well funded disciplines could find themselves locked out of being able to publish open access. It’s going to take a concerted effort to put in place broader global financial support for open access above and beyond the article publishing charge discounts and waivers that publishers have already put in place….”

Announcing three new open access agreements | VTx | Virginia Tech

“University Libraries at Virginia Tech has announced three new transformative agreements to bring read and publish access to journals from Cambridge University Press, the International Water Association (IWA), and the Institute of Physics (IOP). These agreements are available through Virginia Tech’s membership in VIVA, the academic library consortium of Virginia. As a result of these agreements, starting Jan. 1, 2023, corresponding authors at Virginia Tech are now able to publish open access articles in nearly 500 more journals at no cost to the authors. Additionally, the Virginia Tech community has expanded access to be able to read content from these publishers.”

Making universal access to research a reality | Research Information

“Transformative agreements make OA publication by authors in participating institutions as simple as possible. They are contracts between publishers and universities that fold the cost of publishing (article publication charges (APCs)) into subscription contracts and comply with various OA funder mandates. In short, they enable researchers to publish their research OA at no cost to them as the fees and admin are covered by their institutions. 

According to figures from the ESAC initiative, there has been a 60% year on year increase in TAs since 2014 when they first started recording the deals. They have been gaining momentum in Europe for several years and are now appearing in the US, Latin America, Canada, Australia and spreading across other countries around the world. 

IOP Publishing now has transformative agreements with over 300 institutions in 17 countries. The agreements come in a variety of forms, no two are exactly the same as member institutions are diverse with different sets of requirements. The number of years the agreement is in place can vary from one to three years, the types of journals included can differ, some have limits on the number of OA articles, others are uncapped. Our starting principle is to offer unlimited agreements to stimulate the greatest uptake. We see them as the most effective shift to a more open future at scale….”

Institute of Physics Publishing strikes unlimited publishing deal with Big Ten Academic Alliance – IOP Publishing

“Strengthening the commitment to opening research, IOP Publishing (IOPP) has agreed to a three-year unlimited open publishing agreement with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) consortium in the United States (US). Beginning January 2023, the agreement enables affiliated researchers to publish unlimited Open Access (OA) papers at no cost to them.

This open publishing agreement is a contract negotiated between IOPP and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which has led the negotiations on behalf of its member institutions. The agreement assists in moving the academic publishing business model toward “open” by combining reading access to journals with open access publication of research by authors from Big Ten universities.

During the agreement, authors affiliated with Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions will be able to make their research openly accessible to the global community immediately after publication while retaining their copyright. In addition, BTAA institutions continue their existing access to the IOPscience extra collection….”

IOP Publishing is largest physics publisher to strike open access agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians   – IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing (IOPP) and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) have agreed a three-year transformative agreement (TA) for unlimited open access publishing and access to IOPP’s journals.

IOP Publishing expands open access offer to Latin America through unlimited transformative agreement  – IOP Publishing

“IOP Publishing (IOPP) has reached an unlimited transformative agreement with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) allowing affiliated researchers to publish their work open access (OA) at no cost to them. The fees for publishing their work openly will be covered centrally by UNAM, a public research university ranked as one of the best and biggest universities in Latin America….”

IOP Publishing extends unlimited open access offering in the US – IOP Publishing

In support of the transition toward open access (OA), IOP Publishing (IOPP) has agreed five more unlimited OA publishing agreements with research institutions in the United States (US). The read and publish agreements will enable the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Rowan University, Mount Holyoke College and Olin College of Engineering to publish unlimited research articles in all IOPP journals and almost all of IOPP’s partner journals at no cost to their affiliated authors.

Lack of grants from funding agencies biggest barrier to OA publishing in the physical sciences, study finds – AIP Publishing LLC


Over half (53%) of physical science researchers want to publish open access (OA) but 62% say a lack of monies from funding agencies prevents them from doing so.

Guest Post – Why Transformative Agreements Should Offer Unlimited Open Access Publishing – The Scholarly Kitchen

“According to figures from the ESAC initiative, there has been a 60% year on year increase in TAs. In 2021, 184 TAs were made worldwide compared to 114 in 2020, and the upward trend is continuing as 103 TAs have been listed in the first four months of this year. TAs, which have been gaining ground in Europe for several years, are now also appearing in the US and Canada and spreading across other countries around the world. In January next year, the first TA with the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) consortium which represents mainly Lower-Middle-Income Countries, will come into effect….

So, the interest is clear, and so is the uptake. But are all TAs made equal and do they make good on their promises? TAs set out to ‘transition’ or ‘transform’ existing library spend on subscriptions to academic journals towards OA publication fees. I’ve taken a closer look across the industry and assessed the aspirations of various TAs and compared them to our own TA approach here at IOP Publishing (IOPP).


For TAs to deliver on their promise of enabling OA at scale they must deliver on the basic notion of transformation as a first principle. Looking at restricted or capped TA models, where the number of articles that can be published under the agreement is limited, we believe that the transition to full and immediate OA at scale will not be achieved….

So, whilst many approaches and models exist, we believe that the one that offers the most effective shift to a more open future at scale is a TA that offers inclusive and unlimited publishing. It provides a simple and transparent framework to accelerate the move to open access in a way that is sustainable for both libraries and publishers. Genuine transformative agreements must maximize OA publishing capability, remove payment barriers for authors, move subscription funds to publishing, and increase efficacy for library staff. We believe that author choice should remain the north star in the evolution of open access publishing models. Simplicity in a world of complexity should be admired and not avoided.”

IOP Publishing announce Nuclear Fusion will become fully Open Access

IOP Publishing (IOPP) has announced that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) journal Nuclear Fusion (NF) will become fully open access to reflect the increasing demand for more accessible and open science and funders’ mandates requiring authors to publish their work in open access (OA) journals.

IOP Publishing extends open access publishing with its first three Transformative Agreements in the US – IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing (IOPP) has signed three new Transformative Agreements (TAs) that will accelerate open access (OA) publishing and extend access to high quality research in the United States (US). The three-year read and publish (R&P) agreements with Princeton University, the University of Central Florida and Connecticut College offer unlimited publishing in all IOPP hybrid and gold OA journals.?