Frequently Asked Questions on open access

These FAQs have been prepared to give you information about open access both for The Journal of Engineering, and for the other IET journals too. For more specific enquiries, please ask the editorial contact of the journal.

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Open access at the IET

What is open access publishing?
Which IET journals offer an open access option?
Does the selection criteria for articles submitted for open access publishing within a specific journal differ from non-open access articles within the same journal?
What are the author fees for publishing an open access article in an IET journal?
Under what licence does the IET publish open access articles?
If I publish with the IET, will this be compatible with my funding body's mandate?
How do I submit my manuscript for open access publication in the IET's journals?
Who should I contact for more information about the IET's journals?

1. What is open access publishing?

Open access publishing enables peer reviewed, accepted journal articles to be made freely available online to anyone with access to the internet. Open access publishing with the IET is funded through author publication charges. This model differs from the subscription based publishing model, whereby readers (or more commonly, readers' institutions) pay for access to journal articles.

2. Which IET journals offer an open access option?

Open access publishing is possible in all IET journals. The Journal of Engineering is fully open access, while in the IET's other journals, open access publication is offered as an option to authors at article acceptance, following peer review.

3. Does the selection criteria for articles submitted for open access publishing within a specific journal differ from non-open access articles within the same journal?

No, the review process and selection criteria for all articles within a given journal are the same irrespective of whether an article will ultimately be published as 'open access'.

With the exception of our forthcoming, fully open access journal, The Journal of Engineering, authors are asked at acceptance whether they wish their article to be published as an open access article. This ensures that neither the reviewers nor the editors are aware of the author's intentions when assessing the article for publication.

4. What are the author fees for publishing an open access article in an IET journal?

Author fees are set at USD1150  per article with no additional charge for length, inclusion of colour or if an invoice is requested.

Credit card payments can be made in USD, GBP, EUR or YEN. For authors requesting to pay by invoice, the fee will be charged in USD.

Discounts and Waivers:

Members: IET members are entitled to a 15% discount on the fee, subject to correct entry of a valid membership number.
Developing countries: The IET offers fee waivers for researchers in developing countries, determined using the criteria set by Research4Life, which provides free or low-cost access to scientific journals, books and databases for scientists, practitioners, students and faculty in the developing world.
Other waivers: The IET will consider waiver requests due to 'hardship' from authors for open access publication in all journals including The Journal of Engineering.

5. Under what licence does the IET publish open access articles?

Articles published as open access with IET journals are published under one of four Creative Commons licences, Attribution CC BY, Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND, Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC and Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND. For further information see:

http://www.creativecommons.org/licences/

6. If I publish with the IET, will this be compatible with my funding body's mandate?

The publishing options offered by the IET aim to support you in meeting the licensing requirements of your funding body.

The Creative Commons Attribution CC BY licence, one of the four licences adopted by the IET for content published as open access is the most accommodating of the creative commons licences and is recommended for use to allow maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. An increasing number of funding bodies are now mandating use of the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY licence when articles are published as open access articles in a journal. Publishing with the IET ensures that you meet the licence requirements of your funding body.

The IET also allows deposit of accepted articles from all journals within repositories.

7. How do I submit my manuscript for open access publication in the IET's journals?

The submission process for all articles within the IET's journals is the same irrespective of whether or not they are eventually published as open access articles. Please refer to the author guidelines for each journal for further information on the submission process. A list of journals is available at: http://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals  Alternatively, you can send your query to journals@theiet.org

8. Who should I contact for more information about the IET's journals?

If your query relates to a specific journal, you can direct your query to the editorial contact for that journal.