open access

open access

1. Introduction

IUCrJ is an open-access journal, i.e. free of charge to all readers. The costs of peer review, of journal production, and of online hosting and archiving are met by charging an open-access fee to authors. This document provides a summary of the open-access policy for this journal. The open-access policies of other IUCr journals are described elsewhere.

2. Open access and authors

Authors will be asked to pay an open-access fee upon acceptance of their article for publication in IUCrJ. However, please note that authors will be asked to confirm that they can pay the open-access fee, or that they have a payment waiver, at the submission stage.

3. Open-access fee

The open-access fee for IUCrJ is USD 1200. The fee is used to meet the costs of peer review, of journal production, and of online hosting and archiving. There are no submission charges.

3.1 Waivers

Authors from developing countries or authors who have financial difficulties in paying for open access may apply for their open-access fees to be waived. Waiver requests must be made before submission of an article to the journal.

3.2. Discounts

Discounts are available for advance payment of open-access fees.

4. How to pay

Authors may pay by credit card, cheque or voucher. Please note that purchase order and invoicing arrangements are also available. For more details of how to pay and our reimbursement policy, click here.

5. Open access and copyright

IUCrJ adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.

Authors will not be asked to transfer copyright to the IUCr, but will instead be asked to agree during submission to an open-access licence. This licence is identical to the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence.

6. Open-access membership

Institutions may take out open-access membership of Crystallography Journals Online. Researchers from member institutions have the right to discounts for advance payment of open-access fees. If your organisation would like to become a member, please contact

7. Open access and funding bodies

Some funding bodies, e.g. NIH, require authors to deposit their articles in a recognised archive such as PubMed Central. A summary of the IUCr arrangements for NIH-funded authors can be found at

IUCr publications aim to meet best practice in open-access publication and conform with the publisher requirements of funders such as the Wellcome Trust, see

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