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, which is available for immediate use. The two main features of this new OA copyright form are:
Some funding agencies require their research authors to use specific publication licenses in place of copyright transfer if their grants are used to pay article processing charges (APCs). Two such funding agencies are the Wellcome Trust and the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (RCUK), both of which require authors to use the CC BY license.
Authors who are expected to meet the CC BY license requirement should send an e-mail request to email@example.com. The e-mail should declare the author(s) funding agency’s name and the agency’s specific requirement(s). The IPR Office will also need basic information about the manuscript (e.g., author names, article title and IEEE publication title to which the manuscript is being submitted). The IEEE IPR Office will respond with an acceptance letter indicating that the use of the CC BY license has been approved.