Where can I find Instructions for Authors?
Instructions for authors for each of the journals can be found via the “For Authors” menu.
Why do we ask you to transfer copyright?
There are a number of reasons for this:
i. our ownership of copyright will ensure maximum international protection against infringement, libel or plagiarism;
ii. it will enable us to deal efficiently with requests from third parties to reproduce or reprint the article, or part of it, and to do so in accordance with a general policy that is sensible both to any relevant changes in international copyright legislation and to the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge
In assigning your copyright you will not be forfeiting your proprietary rights, including your patent and trademark rights to any process or procedure described in the paper. More information about the author’s rights can be found on our Rights and Permissions page.
Can I make my accepted paper Open Access?
We offer open access publication via IWA Publishing Open. More information about open access publication can be found on our Open Access page.
How do I obtain permission to use work that has previously been published?
Please contact us if you have a request to reprint part or all of any work previously published in an IWA Publishing book or journal.
Please give as much detail as possible about the previously published work and the new work it is to appear in. Where applicable, a fee maybe charged for the reuse of this material, but permission is not normally withheld. More information about permissions can be found on our Rights and Permissions page.
How can I buy a single article online?
If you would like to access a paper from an IWA Publishing journal to which you do not have a subscription you can view and download the PDF of the paper using our pay per view option. The price of single articles in IWA Publishing journals is $38, payable via a simple secure credit card transaction.
To access a paper on a pay per view basis simply search or browse through the online contents lists of the relevant journal and click on the “Add to cart” button.
Access to the full text of IWA Publishing online journals is otherwise restricted to subscribers. This is done by restricting the IP (Internet) addresses that are able to access the full journal. If you already have a subscription to the journal you can use the IP address registration form to register your IP addresses for access.
If you have any subscription queries please contact our distributor, Turpin Distribution Ltd.
If you have a technical problem, please contact us.
Can I order offprints of my article?
Upon publication, authors receive a pdf of the final version of their paper. Authors can also purchase printed offprints of journal articles, using an offprint order form that is sent to the corresponding author of each article upon request.
Can I order reprints of previously published articles?
Reprints of published articles can be ordered from the Editorial Office. Please send an email, specifying the number you require and where they are to be delivered. You will then receive an individual quote.
If you are not the author of the article that you wish to reprint, you must specify what the reprints will be used for and obtain the permission of the author.
What is IWA Publishing's digital archiving policy?
Document Delivery Services
Single articles from IWA Publishing journals are available from the following Document Delivery Companies. Charges vary according to supplier:
What is Open Access Publication?
Open Access is the free and unrestricted online availability of content. This means that anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, crawl, print, search or extract data from open access material. IWAP publishes a mix of open access articles, books and journals.
To offer free online content, instead of asking readers or institutions to pay for a subscription, open access publishers apply an article processing charge (APC) to articles that are accepted for publication. At IWAP, APCs cover the cost of the production process and subsidize the cost of publication for authors from countries listed on ‘Research4Life’. Any surplus funds generated are applied to furthering IWA’s sustainable development goals. For a full list of our APCs per journal, click here.
For greater flexibility and compliance with funding body regulations, IWAP allows its authors to choose between 4 different open access licenses with varying levels of restriction. For more information on choosing the right license for you, click here.
Why Publish Open Access?
OA articles and books are move visible, have a wider readership and, therefore, a greater potential for impact. The more people have access to an article or book, the greater the chance for future collaborations, citations, advancements in the field and, ultimately, the greater the recognition for authors and their institution(s).
OA stimulates the advancement of knowledge, more rapidly propelling us towards a better quality of life and a deeper understanding of our universe. By making research freely available and open to anyone, regardless of their geographical location, economic status or field of expertise OA increases the potential for breakthroughs, for interdisciplinary research and for out-of-the-box thinking.
For this reason, many funding agencies require the publication of their funded work as OA. Not only does it allow free access to the public who funded the research, it also ensures the greatest return on a funders investment. Results are rapidly and widely disseminated, giving recognition for the work and giving the global community a chance to build on and improve discoveries.
For authors, OA publishing allows you to retain the rights for your work. You can share your work without permission immediately upon publication. Also, because OA articles are exclusively online, they can be published immediately upon acceptance. At IWAP, our average time from submission to publication is 4 months.
Why is IWA Publishing committed to OA?
IWA Publishing is a not-for-profit society focused on publishing and broadcasting key research in the world of water. We publish 14 water-related journals and approximately 50 books annually. Our authors come from over 50 countries across the globe, many of which are in developing countries or areas where water resources are becoming more and more scarce.
“It is widely recognised that making research results more accessible contributes to better and more efficient science, and to innovation in the public and private sectors.”
– EU Horizon 2020
As one of the leading water-related publishers, IWAP is committed to making as many of our books and papers open access as possible. In 2016, we launched our first entirely OA journal - H2Open Journal (previously Open Water Journal). In 2017, we flipped the Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination to fully Open Access and made the archives of the Journal of Water and Health freely available. In continuing to forge a path for OA, we join a growing community dedicated to ensuring that important water-related research can be freely accessed all over the world.
How do I know if and when I can self-archive my paper?
In fully open access journals, authors retain copyright of their work and can therefore archive any version of their manuscript at any point in the publishing process.
In our hybrid journals, IWA Publishing allows authors to archive the submitted version of their manuscript at any point and the accepted version of their manuscript 1 year after publication of the paper in an issue. For more information, see our IWAP archiving policies.
If in doubt regarding a publisher’s copyright and self-archiving policies, check out -
SHERPA/RoMEO, a publisher copyright policies website
Where can I get funding to pay for OA?
As support for Open Access grows, so does the number of funding opportunities for potential authors. Currently, funding comes primarily from institutions, grants, funding agencies, waiver programs. If you’re looking to get funding for your OA article, consider –
- Does your funding agency have an OA mandate? If so, they may have grants to support your OA publication.
- Does your institution have an OA agreement with IWAP? We're currently working to set up institutional agreements, if you'd like to add your institution to our list, let us know.
- Are you an IWA member? IWA members currently get large discounts to publish their books OA with us.
- Are you based in one of the countries listed on Research4Life's lists? If so, you are eligible for either a full or a 50% waiver.
To search for OA funding in your region, we recommend the following resources compiled and updated by Springer Nature:
What is Research4Life and does it apply to me?
IWA Publishing is proud to partner with Research4Life to provide developing countries with free access to our subscription journals. In addition, we waive the Open Access article processing fees for authors from countries on Research4Life's A-list and give a 50% waiver to authors from countries on their B-list. To learn more, click here.
How do I choose the right OA license?
IWAP encourage authors to select the most liberal form of creative commons license to stimulate the broadest reuse of their research. All CC-BY Open Access licenses allow for unlimited sharing and redistribution of the OA material in any medium or format as long as the original source is properly cited. Some licenses are more restrictive and require that users apply the same license as the original work, or do not gain financially by any reproduction of the original material. Please click here to learn more about our license options.