The introduction of open access IEEE publications marks a significant step outside of IEEE's traditional publication model. For many years, IEEE has required authors to transfer their copyright to IEEE at submission, giving IEEE the ability to protect the published content against various forms of misuse and abuse, while at the same time to safeguard the authors' interests as well as its own.
With the open access (OA) publication model comes a new IEEE Open Access Copyright Form (PDF, 114 KB), which is available for immediate use. The two main features of this new OA copyright form are:
Authors who want to submit their manuscripts under a CC BY license, or whose research has been supported by any funding agency and who are now required to submit their manuscripts under a CC BY license, will need to provide a letter or email to the Editor-in Chief, the editorial staff, or the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office at firstname.lastname@example.org in which they must clearly state their interest in submitting their manuscript under a CC BY license. The letter must also provide basic information about the manuscript (e.g., author names, article title and IEEE publication title to which the manuscript is being submitted). Authors will receive an acceptance letter indicating that the CC BY license has been approved.