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- FAQ on IEEE Open Access
Frequently asked questions
Q: If I pay the author fee, will I also be billed for color page charges and for over-length paper charges?
A: If the publication charges for over-length paper and color in print, these charges will be applicable for all articles published, whether open access or traditional. For both open access submissions and traditional submissions, these charges are not calculated until the article is ready for release. These charges are therefore requested towards the end of the production process and not at acceptance, when the open access fee will be requested. Therefore, the total cost to publish an open access article in an IEEE journal will include the author processing fee plus any applicable over-length paper and color page charges. Authors will not be asked to pay voluntary pages charges for an open access submission.
Q: Do I need to sign an IEEE copyright transfer form for an open access article?
A: The new open access publication model allows authors to select from two licensing options: the new IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement (OAPA) or the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
The OAPA allows authors to transfer copyright to IEEE, thereby empowering IEEE to protect the work against copyright infringement or plagiarism. The OAPA broadens IEEE’s definition of user rights. Users are permitted to copy the work, as well as translate it or use it for text mining, as long as the usage is for non-commercial purposes.
A CC BY license allows authors to retain copyright in the work, but also carries very broad rights for end users. For instance, end users may reuse the work and must always credit the original author. But the end user does not have to obtain permission from the author to reuse the work, even for commercial purposes or to create derivative works.
IEEE will make exceptions for authors who have special requirements from their funding agencies to publish their OA articles with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. 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. IEEE will accept use of the CC BY license in these cases. Authors with a funding requirement to use the CC BY license should not sign the OACF, but instead should request a CC BY license.
Q: What is the difference between “free” content and an “open access” article, as noted in IEEE Xplore?
A: There is some content within IEEE Xplore that is labeled as free. This content is typically not technical in nature, e.g. tables of contents, covers, advertisements, etc. This content is available to all within IEEE Xplore and it is not supported by author processing fees.
Open access is content that is technical in nature, supported by author processing fees, and available to all.
Q: Is the peer review process different for open access articles compared to traditional articles?
A: No. All IEEE journals, transactions, and letters have the same high standard of peer review for all content submitted, regardless of open access status.
In addition, IEEE’s new open access, multi-disciplinary journal, IEEE Access, and fully open access topical journals will draw on technical communities for peer reviewers and apply the same care in peer review to ensure that the best possible articles are published.
Q: How does a reader access an open access article?
A: Readers will continue to access IEEE-supported content through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Open access articles will be labeled as open access and available to all readers, regardless of their subscription base.
Q: How does an author get a copy of the open access article for posting?
A: Authors of articles in most IEEE journals, whether open access or traditional, will receive a copy of their article through the IEEE Author Gateway during the production process. The copy will be clearly labeled as suitable for posting according to IEEE policy.
The IEEE Author Gateway is the same web page that most authors have visited to retrieve and review their author page proof prior to final publication of their article.
If a journal does not use the IEEE Author Gateway, authors will need to work with their IEEE production staff contact to obtain a copy of the article for posting.