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All articles published by IOS are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license. This means:

  • everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in IOS journals, and
  • everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given.
  • open access publication is supported by the authors’ institutes or research funding agencies by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Charge (APC) for accepted articles

 For Authors and Readers Open Access Means:

  • free availability of the literature on the Internet without any subscription or price barriers
  • immediate open access once an article is released (no embargo period)
  • authors retain all copyrights – authors will not be forced to sign any copyright transfer agreements
  • permission of re-use the published material if proper accreditation is given (Creative Commons Attribution Licenseexternal link)

Authors and Readers Benefit from IOS’s Pledges to:

  • publish thoroughly peer-reviewed journals of high scholarly impact
  • maintain a quick publication procedure — manuscripts are published within 6-8 weeks of submission, provided that no major revisions are required
  • publish full open access journals — readers can access all articles published on this platform for free, including state-of-the-art review articles
  • publish citation-tracked journals — IOS is working towards quick coverage and citation-tracking of all of its journals in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  • for biomed titles, IOS is working towards quick coverage in PubMed Central and PubMed

Meaning of Open Access

In accordance with major definitions of open access in scientific literature (namely the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda declarations), IOS defines open access by the following conditions:

  • peer-reviewed literature is freely available without subscription or price barriers,
  • literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period).

This means that all articles published in IOS journals, including data, graphics, and supplements, can be linked from external sources, scanned by search engines, re-used by text mining applications or websites, blogs, etc. free of charge under the sole condition of proper accreditation of the source and original publisher. IOS believes that open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results amongst scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research. Open access publishing also provides access to research results to researchers worldwide, including those from developing countries, and to an interested general public. Although IOS publishes all of its journals under the open access model, we believe that open access is an enriching part of the scholarly communication process that can and should co-exist with other forms of communication and publication, such as society-based publishing and conferencing activities.

Important Note: some articles (especially Reviews) may contain figures, tables or text taken from other publications, for which IOS does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be re-used.

Advantages of Open Access for Authors

The High Availability and Visibility of our open access articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the Internet. Everyone can freely access and download the full text of all articles published with IOS: readers of open access journals, i.e., mostly other researchers, do not need to pay any subscription or pay-per-view charges to read articles published by IOS. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.

The Higher Citation Impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability. Open access publications are demonstrably more frequently cited.

Lower Publishing Costs: Open access publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors’ institutes or research funding agencies. The cost of handling and producing an article is covered through the one-time payment of an article processing charge (APC) for each accepted article. The APCs of open access publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper earned by traditional, subscription-based publishers. IOS’s article processing charge (APC) is the same, irrespective of article length, because we wish to encourage publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details.

Faster Publication in IOS’s open access journals is achieved by online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in IOS journals than those of traditional.

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