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IEEE Introduces Open Access ‘Mega-Journal’
IEEE is seeking to increase the impact that scientific research can have on technology innovation with its first online, open access (OA) “mega journal”—a journal that covers a range of disciplines instead of a single-topic focus. IEEE Access provides free online access to applications-oriented articles, meaning they explain how research can be applied in technology today. The journal is designed to appeal as much to industry as it does to academia while using a faster peer-reviewed process that maintains high article quality.
“For authors, we’re providing an opportunity for increased citations through an open-access model, while also providing a home for subjects that are at the boundaries of traditional engineering fields, or that cross multiple disciplines of engineering, and thus don’t easily fit into more targeted journals,” says IEEE Access editor-in-chief Michael Pecht, a professor at the University of Maryland and IEEE Fellow.
“For engineers and technical professionals, we expect IEEE Access to develop into a tremendous resource for influential and practical ideas that can help bring new innovations to market faster, improve manufacturing, and help advance what are often complex, multidisciplinary engineering challenges,” Pecht says.
IEEE Access follows a binary peer-review process, which means submitted articles undergo the same rigorous editorial review, but the process ends with the article being accepted or rejected as opposed to undergoing multiple rounds of revisions. This results in faster publication while protecting the integrity and quality of the scholarly research.
IEEE Access is part of a growing portfolio of open access publishing options provided by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association. IEEE also offers four fully open access, single-topic journals. EEE’s 425,000 members are increasingly asking for more OA options, as are organizations funding research such as the U.S. government and Research Councils UK. Under the model, authors pay $1,750 for each accepted IEEE Access article, and the public can then access the published article for free.
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