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IEEE Open Access publishing overview and options

The IEEE in April will introduce a new Open Access Publishing Agreement (OAPA) for use by authors who pay article processing charges (APCs) to make their articles freely available to the general public.  The OAPA will replace the current Open Access Copyright Form (OACF), and will be offered as an option for authors, along with the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License.

Many authors are interested in the broad reach offered by open access (OA) publishing, and in some cases are required by funding agencies to use an OA publishing approach, sometimes using the CC BY license. In short, CC BY allows free reuse, including republication by other publishers, of the author’s work with the sole obligation of providing proper credit to it. Furthermore, under the CC BY License, it is the author's responsibility to monitor for and pursue cases of infringement of his/her work. IEEE offers three OA publishing options, all supported either by IEEE’s custom OA Publishing Agreement or by the CC BY license, if requested by an author:

  • First, IEEE offers an open-access option in all of its traditional transactions and journals, which are published in a hybrid combination of paid subscriptions and open access.
  • A second option adopted by several IEEE societies is publication in an open-access-only journal devoted to a specific technology topic.
  • The third OA option offered by IEEE is a mega journal called IEEE Access, launched last May and designed to attract inter-disciplinary, applications-oriented articles across all of IEEE’s fields of interest.

In all three cases, either the authors or their funding organizations pay article processing charges so that all readers have immediate and free access to their articles.

The new IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement will serve four important purposes (three of which are already provided in the current OACF).

  1. It provides an explicit promise to OA authors that IEEE will present their work with free access to all users.
  2. OA authors are assured that they are free to post the final, published versions of their articles on their personal Web sites, their employers' sites, and/or their funding agency's sites.
  3. The OAPA will give IEEE sufficient legal rights to resolve any complaints of abuse (such as infringement and plagiarism) of the authors’ content.  For this reason, IEEE authors who want to publish in with OA status are encouraged to use the IEEE OAPA.
  4. In the OAPA, users will be explicitly permitted to copy the work, translate it or use it for text/data mining, as long as the usage is for non-commercial purposes. (These terms are new in the OAPA).

The OAPA will be available to authors through the IEEE’s electronic Copyright Form (eCF). The Creative Commons Attribution License is available to authors who send a request to Under the CC BY license, the author retains copyright, but grants broad rights to all potential users to reuse and adapt the author’s work, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without having to obtain explicit permission from the author. More information on OA publishing documents used by IEEE may be obtained at the Intellectual Property Rights web pages on open access copyright and licenses.

Authors who would like to familiarize themselves with terms used in open access publishing, such as gold OA, green OA and delayed access, may review a one-page glossary (PDF, 190 KB) posted online on the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights web page. The glossary includes links to general OA resources as well as those specific to IEEE.


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IEEE Spectrum recipient of seven Neal Awards

IEEE Spectrum is the recipient of seven Neal Awards, considered to be the Pulitzer Prizes of specialized journalism. Spectrum received 11 finalist nominations across nine categories, winning seven of the nine categories.

In addition to those seven wins, IEEE Spectrum was one of four finalists for the Grand Neal Award. The Grand Neal received 612 entries this year—Spectrum’s “Age of Plenty” special issue was judged to be one of the four best pieces out of those hundreds of entries. Spectrum has already earned three “Grand Neal Awards,” more than any other similar publication.

The seven Neal Awards IEEE Spectrum earned are:


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2014 MIT Press Journals Library launch

IEEE has partnered with the MIT Press to bring a subset of their high-quality journals to the IEEE Xplore digital library. The MIT Press Journals Library will feature eight specially selected titles published by the MIT Press in science and technology that will be highly relevant to IEEE Xplore users. This collection of engineering and computer science content will consist of approximately 10,000 articles covering topics such as artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, cognitive neuroscience, neural computation, linguistics, teleoperators, and virtual environments.

The package is exclusive to the IEEE and will be available as a separate subscription package in Q2 2014 and will be sold to nearly all markets. Customers will have unlimited full-text access to all 10,000 articles at launch with the backfile going all the way back to Volume 1, Issue 1. Single article sales are also available to any Xplore user.

The partnership presents IEEE with new opportunities to raise its public visibility, bring in new revenue, and to further evolve Xplore into the leading technology platform.


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Wiley-IEEE Press book wins PROSE Award

IEEE Press/WIley cover image, Guide to State-of-the-Art Electron Devices

The “Guide to State-of-the-Art Electron Devices,” published by Wiley-IEEE Press, has won a 2013 PROSE Award (American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence) in the Engineering and Technology sub-category.

Edited by Joachim Burghartz, the book celebrates over 60 years of the IEEE Electron Devices Society's work from its inception in 1952 as the IRE Professional Group on Electron Devices to its official formation as an IEEE society in 1976.

In addition to a foreword by Nobel Laureate and EDS Celebrated Member George E. Smith, the book contains 21 chapters by 70 contributors. A historical timeline runs throughout the book, highlighting three key time periods/eras in the electron device field.

The book can be purchased through the IEEE Store by anyone with an IEEE web account. IEEE members can purchase the EDS Guide to State-of-the-Art Electron Devices for just US$35, which includes shipping and handling fees. This is more than 25 percent off the retail price.


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Update on the PSPB Operations Manual Section 8.1.8 regarding advertising in IEEE information services and products

As many of you may already know, the PSPB Operations Manual is the reference document for IEEE procedures and policies pertaining to IEEE publications (such as, peer review process for journals, magazines and conference; roles and responsibilities of editorial board members; descriptions on how to handle plagiarism cases; …) and any IEEE products or service to ensure that a uniform standard of excellence is maintained across the entire organization.

An extensive project was completed in 2012 to render the PSPB Operations Manual (PDF, 1.3 MB) media neutral, not only for current practices but also for anticipated future practice, with one exception. Advertising in IEEE information services and products required more time to complete because revisions needed to be coordinated with the definition of IEEE websites and the sponsorship practices for IEEE conferences. This final work was finished in November 2013 with the approval if the recommended revisions by IEEE Board of Directors. These changes have expanded Section 8.1.8 of the PSPB Operations Manual so it now contains all content related to IEEE advertising policy and procedures. The content has also been updated so it is compatible with, and appropriate for, current and anticipated future advertising in IEEE information services and products. Included are definitions for print and electronic advertising; elements of acceptable advertising practice; information about the sale advertising space; and details concerning advertising in various types of IEEE publications, IEEE sponsored conferences, and IEEE websites. Because Section 8.1.8 now includes the contents from the previous Section 8.4.3, that Section has been removed, and Sections 8.4.4, 8.4.5, and 8.4.6 have been renumbered.


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