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IOP opts for CC-BY on OA articles

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IOP Publishing (IOP) has changed its open-access copyright arrangements to CC-BY 3.0. The more liberal Creative Commons licence will apply to future research published on a gold open-access basis in the company's wholly-owned journals and for bibliographic metadata. The move includes the gold open-access titles New Journal of Physics and Environmental Research Letters, as well as hybrid titles.

The CC-BY licence allows others to distribute, remix, amend, and build upon a piece of work as long as they credit the original creation. The licences grant rights to the users of the content but do not replace the copyright, which remains with the copyright holder.

Unless specifically requested, articles submitted before 25 October will be published under a Creative Commons—Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 licence. Articles submitted on or after 25 October will automatically be published under a CC-BY licence. IOP's copyright statements on have been updated to reflect this change.

  • This move is one of a spate of similar announcements recently. Look out for more analysis of this topic on Research Information later in the week.