ICRP Announces Successful Initiative to Free the Annals


In October 2017, at the 4th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection in Paris, France, ICRP Chair Claire Cousins announced ICRP’s intention to Free the Annals.  A campaign was launched to raise the € 500 000 needed to offset the expected loss of royalties.  Today, Dr Cousins announces its success.

“I would personally like to thank all those who have supported Free the Annals.  I firmly believe that the success of this initiative will have a major, positive impact on the practice of radiological protection and on all who rely on the recommendations published in Annals of the ICRP.”

This is a permanent change to the way the world will access Annals of the ICRP.  Once a publication has been available for two years, it will automatically become free to download.

ICRP is a small, independent charity, that relies on voluntary contributions from individuals, governments, societies, agencies, and organisations around the world to continue daily operations.  ICRP’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan includes three strategic priorities, including promoting awareness of radiological protection and broadening access to ICRP recommendations, and increasing engagement with industry, governments, professionals, and the general public.  The success of the Free the Annals initiative directly impacts both.

These changes will take effect at the end of 2019, when all of issues of Annals of the ICRP up to the end of 2017 (up to ICRP Publication 137) will be freely available in the Publications section of our website.

Special thanks to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR, UAE), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Chinese Institute for Radiation Protection (CIRP) for leading the way in freeing the Annals.  For a list of all individual and organisational supporters, please visit our FTA page.

Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Kelsey Cloutier, ICRP’s Development and Communications Manager.