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July 12, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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IET Launches Open Access Engineering Megajournal

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is to become the first engineering, not-for-profit publisher to adopt an open access (OA) model with the launch of a comprehensive, online-only OA journal. OA options will also be added to its existing 26 journals. This is part of the IET’s continuing mission to make essential engineering intelligence available to the worldwide engineering community, benefitting researchers who contribute to or use this content.

The IET, which has 150,000 members in 127 countries around the world and has published engineering journals since 1872, will be inviting submissions for its new OA megajournal from autumn 2012, with the online-only publication expected to launch in 2013. As a broad-based engineering journal, it will accept papers on a wide range of engineering topics, rather than focusing on a single specific field. The title and editor-in-chief of this new publication will be announced later in 2012.

From 2013, authors will also be able to choose to make their research free to view in any of the IET’s 26 existing engineering journals, which include well-known titles such as Electronics Letters and the newly launched IET Biometrics. Currently all research papers published by the IET’s journals are available in print and online to paying subscribers only.

The IET’s decision to adopt the OA model comes after a major global review with more than 35,000 engineering researchers from academia and industry to gauge their appetite for OA. This research found that 87% of engineering researchers said they would continue to submit articles to a journal if it converted to an OA model, and around one-third of them had previously published in an OA journal.

Source: The Institution of Engineering and Technology



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