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IEEE Sections Congress 2008

Pictured left to right at the Sections Congress 2008 IEEE Publications exhibit: Josephine Germano, Manager Publications Board Administration, Kenneth Moore, Director Book and Information Services, John Baillieul, VP IEEE Publication Services and Products Board, and Anthony Durniak, Staff Executive Publications. Not pictured: Naveen Maddali, Online Services Product Manager.

Held 20-22 September in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, IEEE Sections Congress 2008 is a triennial gathering of section leadership sponsored by the Member and Geographic Activities Board. It is the only major IEEE meeting that convenes the IEEE's grassroots leadership to share ideas, concerns, and solutions. IEEE Sections Congress celebrates volunteer achievements and brings together engineering professionals from around the globe.


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New index terms and two new features now available in IEEE Xplore

New index terms, a PDF banner and watermarking are three new enhancements available in IEEE Xplore. Release 2.5.3 now makes the search for biomedical information that much easier for users through the addition of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). MeSH terms are the article index terms produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. You can now find MeSH terms under the Index Terms category within the Abstract Page.

A PDF Banner creates a Web banner at the top of every downloaded PDF. From there, you can link back to IEEE Xplore or to for more convenient website navigation. The banner will only appear on the article when it is being viewed from IEEE Xplore and will not appear on saved or printed versions. This however, also makes institutional branding more prominent to users making it clear to them that the full-text article access is funded by their institution.

A PDF watermarking feature now assures readers that they are accessing the authorized version of the article. The watermark consists of a unique imprint which is made up of the date and time of the download along with the member or institution’s name.


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Position on NIH public access policy revised by IEEE

The passing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 in December 2007 affected the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy in place since 2005. Due to this new legislative mandate, the NIH implemented a revision to their public access policy this past spring. The NIH now requires submission to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance, to be made publicly available no later than twelve months after the official date of publication.

This change in US legislation prompted IEEE to recently revise its position on public access in order to be consistent with the new mandate. IEEE’s updated position with respect to public access to NIH-funded work published in IEEE journals is as follows:

“In accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, (PL 110-161, Division G, Title II, Section 218), governing the NIH Public Access Policy, IEEE encourages authors to submit electronic versions of their NIH funded manuscripts to PMC upon acceptance for publication and must inform NIH that their manuscripts be made publicly available twelve months after the official date of publication.”

For more information, see the IEEE position statement on the NIH Public Access Policy or contact Bill Hagen ( or Fran Zappulla (


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IEEE Publications launches new homepage

IEEE Publications is pleased to announce the launch of their new home page which employs a more user-friendly approach. The new home page makes information more easily accessible for authors, members and librarians. New features include value propositions that detail author, editorial and reader advantages, as well as how IEEE’s publications provide exceptional content and value.

In addition, several direct links are now available from the home page to help anyone using the site more effectively and efficiently navigate through the content.

The home page also features a new enhancement. A direct link to is now available. is a free online resource which allows you to search multiple professional sources at once.


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