Researchers to get benefit from APC-free OA publishing in all IOP Publishing journals

Article publication charges will be waived for researchers from low-income countries

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IOP Publishing's Open Access publishing platform
IOP Publishing's Open Access publishing platform

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.

OA publication is integral to making research more accessible to all, yet the associated APCs are frequently unavailable to researchers from low-income countries. IOPP’s decision to extend its waivers policy to its hybrid journals recognizes the importance of author choice. It gives researchers from regions where necessary funding is not available a greater opportunity to contribute to the global body of research.

IOP Publishing to create a more sustainable, diverse, and equitable world

IOPP has a long-standing commitment to making science more open and takes its responsibility towards creating a more sustainable, diverse, and equitable world seriously. It has been an OA publisher for more than 20 years, promoting global access to research by increasing its range of sustainable OA models year on year.

It is a member of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which supports more equitable, inclusive approaches to research evaluation and partners with Research4Life, which helps to boost access to scientific research in low-income countries.

Miriam Maus, the 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.”

 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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