12 January 2015

Physics publisher to offset open access costs

The University Library is delighted to announce St Andrews participation in the Institute of Physics 3-year pilot offsetting Open Access costs against Library journal subscriptions. This means that in the long term the Library can use subscription rebates from IOP hybrid journal titles of up to 90% of Open Access costs (known as Article Processing Charges or APCs) to fund more OA. Twenty-two university libraries are taking part and the scheme has the support of Research Libraries UK. It is hoped that the pilot will help institutions and authors manage the transition from subscription to author pays publication and demonstrate to the research community that efficient, sustainable Open Access publication models can be agreed that work for researchers, universities and publishers.



Key facts
  • The agreement will help the Library to release money to fund future open access publications from the Library budget and will help supplement the block grants being provided by the Research Councils.
  • You can publish in IOP journals included in the pilot and be compliant with open access policies from major funders.
  • If you wish to choose the paid route to achieve open access you will need to select ‘open access publication’ when you submit a paper to an IOP subscription journal.
  • You will need to liaise with the Open Access support team to check on the availability of APC funds from the Library. Contact open-access-support@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • All submissions will go through the normal editorial and peer review process and only articles of sufficient quality will be accepted for publication by IOP.
  • Forty five of IOP’s subscription journals are included in the pilot. The full list of journals is available here: http://iopscience.iop.org/info/page/UK-open-access-pilot#journals
  • Article charges paid on fully open access journals like New Journal of Physics (NJP) will not be rebated as these journals do not have a subscription charge.
  • More information on the pilot is available from http://iopscience.iop.org/info/page/UK-open-access-pilot

Instructions for St Andrews researchers.

If you need help with this or any other aspect of Open Access research publication please contact open-access-support@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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