Open Access Choices for IEEE Authors
Open access (OA) in IEEE publications marks a significant step outside of IEEE's traditional publication model. For many years, IEEE required authors to transfer their copyright to IEEE at manuscript submission, thereby giving IEEE the ability to:
- Protect the published content against various forms of misuse and abuse
- Safeguard the authors' interests
However, for many authors, their institutions and funding agencies today want to make their research results more readily available to all readers.
In recognizing these interests, IEEE is committed to helping authors gain the broadest exposure for their research by offering the following three options for OA publishing:
- Fully open access journals using either the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) or the Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, No Derivatives (CCBY-NC-ND); see below for more information
- A multidisciplinary open access mega journal (also using CC BY/CCBY-NC-ND license)
- Hybrid journals containing papers that are published under either a CC BY/CCBY-NC-ND license or a traditional copyright transfer
All three options are designed to meet the varying needs of authors throughout their careers.