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Open Access Publishing Options at KAUST: Institute of Physics (IOP)

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Institute of Physics (IOP) Read and Publish Agreement

Research papers, special issue papers, and letters accepted in the listed IOP journals where a KAUST affiliated author is the corresponding author can be published Open Access at no additional charge (free APC).

Please follow these steps:

  • While submitting articles, corresponding authors must ensure their primary affiliation is set to KAUST to be identified by IOP. The authors do not need to select open access during submission.
  • Identified authors will receive notification of the OA arrangement during peer review, or around acceptance. Identified articles will be opted in to open access under the agreement automatically.
  • The author will need to agree to the CC-BY open access license.
  • Authors can opt-out of the open-access agreement, and should contact the journal after receiving notification of identification if they wish to do so.
  • In both cases, KAUST authors will not be subject to any additional Article Publication Charges (APC).
  • If an author has not been notified of the agreement but believes they qualify, they should contact the journal to confirm eligibility. 


This agreement will only support KAUST authors to make their article Open Access, without any extra payment of APCs or administrative process. Author(s) are still responsible for all publishing-related activities, including preparing the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process with the publisher, reviewers or co-authors, as usual.

NOTE: The number of free APCs for 2021 is limited.

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Open access through Research Repository

Important note: If a publisher is not listed here, you can still make your research article open access without paying an article processing charge to a publisher. You are required, as per KAUST’s open access policy, to submit the "author accepted manuscript" version of your article to KAUST’s research repository and University Library will make it available to the world according to the publisher's policies with a link to the original article and DOI. You can also deposit associated datasets to the research repository with a DOI registration. The Library has improved the Repository services with integrations to several systems, tools, search engines and now this has the highest download rate with a global user base.

OA Publishing news

Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2021

IOP Environmental Research series - 3 new OA journals with waived APCs

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is launching three new, fully open access (OA) journals, extending the publisher’s Environmental Research series.

Environmental Research: Health (ERH) and Environmental Research: Climate (ERCL) will both open submissions from today. The third new journal, Environmental Research: Ecology (ERE) will open for submissions later in 2021.  IOPP will waive all OA article publication charges for articles that are submitted to the three new launches before 2024. After the initial waiver period for all, authors from low- and middle-income countries who publish in IOPP’s new journals don’t have to pay any article processing costs.