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The Use of Internet and Mobile Survey (PDF, 1.2 MB) has been conducted annually since 2009. In 2013, the scope was expanded to include non-members.
The Global Organization survey measured the extent to which IEEE Higher Grade members see IEEE as a global organization. The vast majority (82%) of respondents see IEEE as a global organization, and 83% indicated it is important for IEEE to be a global organization.
Ted Bergstom, an economist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has written several papers on journal pricing and also maintains a database that lists journals, their cost per citation, and cost per article for each journal. Ted divides journals into three categories based on this data (good, medium, and bad).
Strategic Research looked at the 1,390 journals published by the major STEM publishers and, not surprisingly, the nonprofits do far better than the for-profit companies. In terms of pricing, 60% of Elsevier's journals, 80% of Springer's, and 92% of Taylor Francis's journals are "bad" ones. They vary between $25 per article (for Elsevier) to over $50 per article (for Taylor Francis).
The American Physical Society and American Chemical Society are the real bargains (at $4.16 and $5.41 per article, respectively). IEEE is right in the middle at $10.51 per article, with two-thirds "good" journals and 12% "bad" journals. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is the real standout, which is the least cost-effective publisher, at $65 per article.
Although some people may have problems with the citation data, and one may be able to quibble with his methodology, the information Ted provides certainly allows for an interesting look at this issue.
The IEEE Strategic Research Annual Report 2012 (PDF, 696 KB) summarizes research findings from 56 IEEE Strategic Research and Planning studies completed in 2011. The IEEE studies examined membership, membership trends, and the differences among membership groups such as current, former, and prospective members; IEEE employees were also studied. Specific subgroups investigated include Society members, members of local sections, attendees of various meetings and events, and others. Study topics range from prioritizing IEEE activities in Africa to assessing CrossCheck usage to an evaluation of the Total Rewards program.
Please contact Marc Beebe to receive more information on the studies in the report.