Many authors in today’s publishing environment want to make their research freely available to all reader communities.

To help authors gain maximum exposure for their groundbreaking research and application-oriented articles, IEEE will now be offering three options for open access (OA) publishing—Hybrid Journals, a Multidisciplinary Open Access Mega Journal, and fully Open Access Journals—all designed to meet the varying needs of our authors throughout their careers.

Hybrid journals

The majority of all IEEE transactions, journals, and letters offer a hybrid option, which permits both traditional subscription-based content as well as open access, author-pays content. Most of these journals have an established impact factor and are well respected. Additionally, the quality of the review process for OA and traditional articles is the same for all hybrid journals. Any open access papers published within a hybrid journal will be included in all media types offered by that title.

Multidisciplinary open access mega journal

IEEE has introduced a new rapid-decision, open access mega journal spanning all IEEE fields of interest. All articles are author-pays. This new journal, IEEE Access, is designed to be inclusive in scope and application focused. The journal is fully open access and is available online only.

Dr. Michael Pecht, founder and director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering at the University of Maryland, has been named the journal’s first editor-in-chief. A Fellow of IEEE, ASME, and SAE, Pecht was formerly editor of IEEE Transactions on Reliability for eight years as well as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology. He also has served on the editorial advisory board of IEEE Spectrum magazine.

Dr. Pecht is currently assembling an editorial advisory board for IEEE Access, as well as developing guidelines and procedures for prospective authors to follow.

Fully open access journals
IEEE is pleased to introduce several new fully open access journals. These journals are fully open access, dedicated to a specific subject area, contain author-pays articles, and delivered online only.
The first fully open access journal, IEEE Photonics Journal, was launched on 1 July 2012 by the IEEE Photonics Society. The current editor-in-chief is Carmen Menoni, IEEE Fellow and professor at Colorado State University, USA. The second fully open access journal was launched on 24 August 2012 by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and is entitled IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine. The editor-in-chief is Cliff Dacso, IEEE Senior Member and professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Another journal has been approved and is available: IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society, produced by the IEEE Electron Devices Society. Additional open access offerings are also under consideration.
Review process

IEEE’s existing journals, transactions and letters will continue the same high standard of peer review for all content submitted. In addition, IEEE’s new open access multidisciplinary mega journal and fully open access journals will draw on technical communities for peer reviewers, to apply the same care as for any new IEEE journal and ensure the best possible papers are being published.  

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