Read about background and history of the Proceedings of the IEEE.
The Proceedings has a long and rich history that can be traced back to its early beginnings in 1909, when it was known as the Proceedings of the Wireless Institute. This Wireless Institute began as a society for those interested in wireless engineering. Six issues of the Proceedings journal were published in 1909 under the direction of Greenleaf Pickard and Alfred Goldsmith.
In 1911, the New York-based Wireless Institute merged with the Boston-based Society of Wireless Telegraph Engineers to become the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). Wanting to continue the publishing of Proceedings, Pickard and Goldsmith published the first issue of Proceedings of the IRE (Volume 1) in January of 1913. Goldsmith, a Columbia University professor who had edited the Proceedings of the Wireless Institute, continued as editor of the new journal. This is the milestone that we use as the official birth date of this journal.
The Proceedings of the IRE was the official publication of the IRE—it published all of the papers, discussions, and communications received from the membership. Many extraordinary visionaries have published in this journal including: Armstrong, deForest, Hopper, Marconi, Mauchly, and Zworykin (just to name a few).
Through rigorous paper selection and a very discriminating peer-review process, The Proceedings of the IRE held fast to its tradition of publishing only the best authors. It was a unique honor (and it remains such) to be published in this journal, and it was widely acknowledged that published Proceedings authors were professionally acknowledged by their peers upon publication of their work in this journal.
In May 1962 a 1000-page special issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of IRE was published.
In 1963, the IRE merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. The resulting organization, the IEEE, continued the Proceedings tradition of publishing only the best and brightest—and this tradition continues today.
The Proceedings of the IEEE draws upon the diverse and specialized resources of the IEEE Membership (and occasionally beyond IEEE). As technology evolves and as disparate fields gradually converge into new specialties with unprecedented applications, Proceedings, with its coverage across all boundaries, continues to flourish. Its rank as the most highly cited general-interest journal in electrical and computer engineering and as one of the most highly cited IEEE publications continues to return a healthy financial contribution to the IEEE.