Open access and copyright

This is a peer reviewed, subsidized open access journal where IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control, pays the OA fee. Authors do not have to pay any open access publication fee.

Peer review under the responsibility of the International Federation of Automatic Control.

Access Rights

All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.

User Rights

Permitted third party reuse is defined by the following user license:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND):

Allows users to copy and distribute the Article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way, and provided the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, and that the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work. The full details of the license are available at

Author Rights

For open access publishing, this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will grant exclusive publication rights to the International Federation of Automatic Control, and will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, and retain all patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).

See the IFAC web site for additional information and contact data.

The above paragraphs apply to articles submitted to IFAC after October 1, 2019.
The Copyright of articles submitted before that date belongs to IFAC.