Free access to physics research

An initiative announced this week will provide free access to the UK’s biggest archive of physics research, saving libraries at UK universities £30,000 each.

In a move to open-up access to scientific research, an initiative announced this week will provide free access to the UK’s biggest archive of physics research, saving libraries at UK universities £30,000 each.

A special agreement, announced this week by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Institute of Physics (IoP), will make the contents of the IoP’s digital journal archive between 1874 and 1998 permanently accessible to higher and further education institutions in the UK.

The archive includes over 110,000 articles and over 1.5 million pages of physics research including papers by Sir John Fleming, Sir Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, Lord Rayleigh and Sir Edward Appleton.

The Institute of Physics comprehensively digitised its historic journal archive back to 1874 in 2002. The entire archive now represents some £30,000 worth of material.

“The Institute of Physics aims to ensure that every UK scientist who needs to read any paper it has published can do so,” commented Jerry Cowhig, Managing Director of the Institute of Physics Publishing.

UK higher and further education institutions are able to obtain further information on the Institute of Physics Journal Archive and download a licence agreement by visiting the JISC website.