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:
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:
All three options are designed to meet the varying needs of authors throughout their careers.
The OA publication model is supported in large part by the IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement, which is available for immediate use. The agreement serves four important purposes:
IEEE authors who want to submit their manuscripts under an OA license are encouraged to use the IEEE OAPA.
Some funding agencies require their research authors to use specific publication licenses in place of a traditional copyright transfer if a portion of their grants are to be 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. In addition, some authors whose work has not been supported by such funding agencies also want to use the CC BY license. In either case, these authors should complete the electronic IEEE Copyright Form and select the CC BY license.
Interested authors may also email a request to email@example.com. The email should declare the authors' interest in submitting their manuscripts under a CC BY license and should 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 who need to satisfy their funding agency’s requirement(s) should also identify the specific agency. The IEEE IPR Office will respond with an acceptance letter indicating that the use of the CC BY license has been approved.