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[802SEC] IEEE Announces Next Steps in Open Access Strategy

Dear EC Members,

In case you haven't already seen the attached IEEE news release and given 802's leadership in making 802 drafts and standards available at no charge, I thought you would be interested in an update from the IEEE BoD regarding the expansion of their open access strategy.



Members of the IEEE Board of Directors and other volunteer leaders :

We are going public with the news that we are expanding our open access strategy. At the IEEE customer breakfast for those attending the Special Libraries Association annual meeting this morning (Tuesday 17 July) we made the attached announcement. In our statement we announce the appointment of Michael Pecht as the first editor-in-chief of our new rapid-publication, open access interdisciplinary journal. At the same time we explain that we will also be launching several topical open access journals. These two steps expand the Open Access strategy that we announced last year when we began offering the hybrid open access strategy in our traditional Transactions and Journals.

This is just the first part of the communication program for the new journals being prepared by our corporate communications group under the direction of Patrick Mahoney. For the time being we are NOT mentioning the new name of the journal, nor any of the specifics of the peer review practices or author publishing fees. We anticipate a more detailed announcement in early September when the academic year has begun, Michael Pecht can announce his initial Editorial Advisory Board, and we have a better idea of when we can start accepting manuscripts. As the societies ready their topical open access entrants we will release further details as well.

Our decision at the July Board meeting to move ahead with this strategy comes not a moment too soon. On July 10 the IET announced plans to launch "a comprehensive, online-only open access megajournal. " The new megajournal will, IET says, "cover a wide-range of engineering topics." They said open access options will also be added to its existing 26 journals. According to their press release, "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 full IET press release can be seen at;

Thanks to the entire team who has gotten us this far and is now working to make our new journal a reality.

Anthony Durniak, Staff Executive Publications
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