IOS Press Open Library

The IOS Press Open Library initiative offers authors and their funders the option to publish their articles with full open access in all the IOS Press journals. This arrangement is subject only to the requirement of proper attribution when the articles are re-used and redistributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Other than being available with full open access, Open Library articles are not treated any differently than other articles published in IOS Press journals, in that they are peer-reviewed and form an integral part of the journal in which they are published. Open Library options are also available for books. Contact us at for more information. If you would like to view all our Open Access Ebooks, go here

In the Open Library the article processing charges are paid in the form of an open access fee.

Open access refund policy: If, before publication, IOS Press has reasonable grounds to decide that the article should not be published, IOS Press will refund the open access fee. If the article has been published already and IOS Press has reasonable grounds to retract or remove the article from our website, we will be under no obligation to refund the open access fee.

Open Library articles are funded by authors (usually from their grants, increasingly with active support from the funding agencies) and not by subscription charges. Subscription prices of IOS Press journals will be based solely on their non-Open Library content.

All IOS Press journals offer the open access option which is compliant with major funder mandates.

“Open access is now part of the landscape of science publishing and, in the spirit of serving the academic world, IOS Press wishes to optimize its role in the worldwide scientific knowledge exchange,” according to Dr. Einar Fredriksson, CEO of IOS Press.

IOS Press started the open access journal In Silico Biology in 1998 and has since established or acquired other fully open access journals.

Open Access Institutional Agreements
IOS Press is setting up agreements to support the open access publishing of research in its journals.

These agreements can cover a discount or waiver of article processing charges (APCs) for corresponding authors from affiliated institutions who wish to publish open access in IOS Press’ hybrid and fully open access journals. To check if you are eligible to publish under these models, please see the links below. 

To discover more about publishing open access in IOS Press journals, see the author instructions on each specific journal page via the IOS Press journal catalog section here

Current Institutional Agreements:

A growing number of funding agencies now require that research articles they have funded must be made open access. This may be either by mandating deposit in repositories after an embargo period or by stipulating that research is published as open access. Publishing in this journal complies with all major funding agency requirements.

Gold Open Access Publishing (Open Access Option)
This open access option helps authors to comply with major funder mandates. This option allows authors the choice of paying a fee to make their article publicly available on the journal’s website immediately upon publication. The publisher will also deposit the final, published version of the open access article into PubMed Central immediately upon publication. All open access articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY-NC).

If requested by the author, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust funded open access articles will be published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). An extra fee applies for CC BY publications.

Green Open Access Publishing (Self-Archiving)
Authors who do not select open access publication may self-archive and post the final manuscript version on their own institution, company or funding agency repository immediately upon acceptance. Authors that are funded by the NIH, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust are welcome to deposit their final manuscript version to PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance. In all cases, a publication reference and URL to the journal’s website must be provided on the first page of the manuscript.

Alternatively, the author can submit the final published PDF version of the article, which can be ordered from IOS Press. This service costs €150/US$170 and an order form will be sent with the galley proof of the article to the corresponding author. Ordered PDFs will be sent to the author after final publication of the article in an issue. IOS Press holds to no embargo period after final publication. 

Payment of Open Access Fee
If your manuscript is accepted, you will be directed to complete the Payment Form in which you should choose the preferred method of payment and indicate which open access license you prefer. Upon receipt of your completed form, we will send you the invoice by email. Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer and should be done as soon as possible to ensure no delay in the publication process.

In 2021, there will be 11 fully open access IOS Press journals:

Argument & Computation
Brain Plasticity
Data Science
In Silico Biology
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports
Journal of Future Robot Life
Journal of Medical Psychology
Journal on Satisfiability, Boolean Modelling & Computation
Semantic Web (OA from 2020)
Tumor Biology (new in 2021)

There are two new open access journals forthcoming:

Journal of Microbiome Research (launch date TBC)
Spatial Data Science (launch date TBC)