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IET and key publishers address need to improve conference content quality

26 November 2014

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) together with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Elsevier has created draft recommendations for conference content.

These recommendations are designed to uphold the quality of published research presented at scientific meetings and conferences. The presence of low-quality papers in conference proceedings degrades the value and reputation of the author, conference organisers, their sponsors and commercial or non-commercial publishers, and any repository they are part of.

Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing at the IET said, “The IET is spearheading the use of these recommendations in order to improve the quality of conference content globally. We are committed to promoting and disseminating trustworthy, high-quality scholarly research, which benefits both the author and the global information community.

“We hope that the global information community will widely adopt the recommended practices, which set out the obligations on behalf of all parties involved in order to improve conference content quality.”

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Notes to editors:
The IET is working to engineer a better world. It is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians with nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world. The IET’s mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of engineering intelligence and thought leadership.

The IET offers a range of services and resources to the engineering community including an extensive publishing programme. For the research community, the IET publishes a portfolio of research, letters and open access journals and over 400 eBooks; all located within the dynamic and market-leading IET Digital Library.  IET Inspec, a highly respected  A&I database with close to 15 million abstracts from a range of international publishers and IET.tv, the world’s largest online archive of engineering and technology video content are also available to support and develop engineering excellence.

For more information, visit www.theiet.org

The draft recommendations are available here


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Microlithography techniques give arrays the nanoscale edge

12 September 2014

A recent advance in nanotechnology could herald the widespread uptake of nanoelectrode arrays and the next generation of low-cost, high-performance nanoscale biosensing devices.

An interdisciplinary research team from the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (in association with Nanoflex Ltd), has overcome some of the constraints associated with conventional nano-scale electrode arrays, to develop the first precision-engineered nanoelectrode array system with the promise of high-volume and low-cost.

To read the full article, visit Guardian Science.

 

Growth in IET journals

2013 Impact Factors from Thomson Reuters have shown growth for a number of journals published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) with eight of our of the journals improving their Impact Factor by more than 10 per cent.

Of particular note is IET Renewable Power Generation which has seen great improvement with an impact factor increase of 33 per cent to 2.280; this now places this journal in Quartile 1 in the Engineering, Electrical & Electronic category.  This increase is also reflected by a much improved SJR of 2.178 (4 per cent increase) and within a highly competitive market (SNIP: 2.745).

Other IET journals with increased impact factors include IET Computers & Digital Techniques, IET Computer Vision, IET Nanobiotechnology amongst many others.

Ian Stoneham, Publisher for IET Academic Publishing, said: “Although I would caution against relying on Impact Factor as a proxy of a journals’ quality, I am heartened by the increase we have seen, especially in some of our journals such as Electronics Letters, which is in its fiftieth year of publication, IET Control Theory and Application and IET Renewable Power Generation.”

The IET is committed to publishing the best in engineering and technology research. Together with editorial boards and authors and through our enviable speed of publication and our recently launched digital library (LINK)  and comprehensive a subsidised Open access publishing options we will continue to deliver the very best research community.

Full results will be published shortly.  2015 subscription pricing is now available and institutions are welcome to trial one of our journal packages or our newest journal, Healthcare Technology Letters, free of charge.  To find out more, contact us sales@theiet.org

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Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most multi-disciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.

 

The Journal of Engineering

IET Open Access Research

Contactless payment cards: research highlights security concerns

Press Release

31 October 2013

Warnings about the use of contactless payment cards and Near Field Communication (NFC) capable devices are raised in a study published today by the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s (IET) The Journal of Engineering.

A team of researchers from the University of Surrey successfully received a contactless transmission from distances of 45-80cm using inconspicuous equipment, highlighting security concerns to personal data.

NFC technology is in use on more recent mobile phones and on contactless debit/credit cards issued by UK banks.  

The team used portable, inexpensive and easily concealable equipment including a pocket-sized cylindrical antenna, a backpack, and a shopping trolley, none of which would raise suspicion if used in a supermarket queue or in a crowded place.

Using this equipment, the team showed how reliably eavesdropping could be carried out at various distances, with good reception possible even at 45cm when the minimum magnetic field strength required by the standard is in use.

The implications for consumers are significant. “The results we found have an impact on how much we can rely on physical proximity as a 'security feature' of NFC devices", said lead academic supervisor, Dr Johann Briffa. "Designers of applications using NFC need to consider privacy because the intended short range of the channel is no defence against a determined eavesdropper.”

Eleanor Gendle, IET Managing Editor at The Journal of Engineering, said: “With banks routinely issuing contactless payment cards to customers, there is a need to raise awareness of the potential security threats. It will be interesting to see further research in this area and ascertain the implications for users of contactless technology with regards to theft, fraud and liability.”

According to Paul Krause, Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Surrey, “Open access is vitally important in order to ensure that the results of publicly funded research are made available to all. It is particularly important for the stimulation of innovation in engineering where new enterprises may not have the financial resources to pay for a range of journal subscriptions. The IET has taken a very significant initiative in establishing a high quality open access journal that covers all aspects of engineering in one resource.”

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About the Authors
Thomas P. Diakos is a PhD student in the Department of Computing, University of Surrey, UK. His supervisory team is made up of Dr Johann A. Briffa and Dr Stephan Wesemeyer from the Department of Computing, and Dr Tim W. C. Brown from the Centre for Communication Systems Research.

The research was funded by the EPSRC and Consult Hyperion.

About The Journal of Engineering (www.thejournalofengineering.org)
Launched by the IET in April 2013, The Journal of Engineering (JoE) is a broad, online-only, open access journal, making essential engineering intelligence freely available to the worldwide engineering community online. JoE publishes scientifically sound research with rigorous peer-review and fast turnaround in emerging or cross-disciplinary areas including Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mechanical engineering, Energy engineering, Civil engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnology, Computing and Software, Biomedical engineering and Materials engineering.

About the IET (www.theiet.org)
Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.

The IET is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians. It has 153,000 members in 127 countries and is leading the development of a global engineering and technology community to share and advance knowledge to enhance people’s lives.

The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of engineering intelligence and thought leadership.

The IET’s portfolio of research and letters journals and monographs (print and e-Book) are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines.  The IET Inspec database contains over 13 million abstract and indexing references to journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports in the fields of science and technology, and IET.tv provides access to the world's largest specialised online archive of engineering and technology content.  

About Open Access
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.

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Enters Landmark Co-branding Publishing Agreement with McGraw-Hill Professional

Edison, NJ USA (1 August 2013) – The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s leading professional engineering organizations and renowned international scientific publisher has recently entered into a new groundbreaking multi-year publishing agreement with McGraw-Hill Professional, a global leader in providing content and services to the international engineering community.

Under the agreement, The IET and McGraw-Hill Professional will jointly produce and co-brand specialized engineering content for professionals, students, and researchers covering all major aspects of electrical and electronic engineering and communications technology. Content will be available for users in both electronic and print formats, and will follow the high quality scientific publishing standards that innovators across the globe have come to rely on from the IET.  Daniel Smith, IET's Head of Academic Publishing, said: "We are always looking for opportunities to extend our reach into the engineering community and are delighted to be partnering with McGraw-Hill Professional to develop new content to complement our ongoing publishing program in this area. Developing quality engineering content which accelerates both research and innovation is a major pillar of the IET's knowledge strategy, helping to bring essential engineering intelligence to a wider audience."

"We are very pleased to partner with The IET. This new agreement fits perfectly with our publishing strategy, which is designed to foster technological innovation. It is the next step in growing McGraw-Hill Professional's more than 100 year relationship with the international engineering community," said Steve Chapman, Publisher of Science & Technology at McGraw-Hill Professional.
The first co-branded books will be published this year and will include titles such as Switching Power Supply Design and Optimization by Sanjaya Maniktala, Carrier Grade VoIP by Richard Swale and Daniel Collins, Analog Filter and Circuit Design Handbook by Arthur Williams, and Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing by Mark A. Richards. McGraw-Hill Professional will oversee the publishing services for the co-branded books including production, marketing, and distribution worldwide.

About The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The IET's research journals and books provide a wealth of research and information in the areas of engineering and technology. The portfolio of research, open access and letters journals and monographs (print and e-Book) in electronics, electrical engineering and related subjects are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines. In addition, the IET Inspec database contains over 13 million abstract and indexing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and other literature in the fields of science and technology. As a membership organization, the IET is Europe's largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries and is a source of essential engineering intelligence. For more information, visit www.theiet.org

About McGraw-Hill Professional

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the medical, technical, and business communities. Its offerings include reference and certification books for all professional and educational disciplines and online solutions on medical and health, engineering, business, and scientific topics. For more information, visit http://www.mhprofessional.com

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nisa White at +1 (732) 321 5579 x205 or by email at nwhite@theiet.org.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology signs with Copyright Clearance Center

Press Release

14 May 2013

The first not-for-profit engineering publisher to offer Open Access journal articles implements RightsLink® for Open Access to manage article processing charges for all publications

Danvers, Mass. – Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing and Open Access (OA) solutions, has announced that The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has chosen CCC’s RightsLink for Open Access to manage article processing charges for all of its open access journal publications, including the recently launched, The Journal of Engineering.

“Today publishers face an increasingly complex publishing environment in which Open Access is forcing them to consider new dynamics in their management of business models and processes. When we launched our first OA solution at CCC, the market was limited to a small number of articles and “one-size-fits-all” pricing and licensing models,” said Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, CCC.  “The increased demand for OA content, funding agency requirements, and the need for streamlined transactions and reporting have created new complexities that need to be carefully managed.”

Publishers must provide a seamless article processing charge (APC) payment experience for authors and universities while demonstrating policy compliance to funding agencies. As they collect APCs from their authors, publishers must manage publishing requirements from funders and offer licensing options at the article level that are consistent with a publisher’s Open Access policies.  Moreover, publishers must continually measure and test their OA business models – all with a focus on building a sustainable business.  RightsLink for Open Access is a flexible solution that automates these processes.

RightsLink provides the most comprehensive OA solution on the market. RightsLink for Open Access can be integrated with a journal-production system or manuscript-submission workflow, providing publishers a secure way to manage APCs, submission charges, page and color charges, and author reprints. Further, RightsLink also allows publishers to offer “OA aware” licenses at the article level from their websites 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, providing publishers with a complete OA solution from manuscript acceptance through post-publication licensing.

“Implementing RightsLink for Open Access makes total sense for us,” said Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing, IET.  “We look forward to increasing operational efficiency as we continue to work with CCC to refine and add to our service options for APC customers to help grow our business and improve author satisfaction.”

For more information, visit www.copyright.com

IET appoints two new co-editors-in-chief for its Micro & Nano Letters journal

Press Release

08 April 2013

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced the appointment of two new co-editors-in-chief for its Micro & Nano Letters journal. Professor Peter Dobson, specialising in the area of nano-scale science and Professor Gwo-Bin Vincent Lee specialising in micro-scale science, bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this rapid publication online journal.  The recruitment of these editors-in-chief will further cement the IET’s commitment to providing essential engineering intelligence to researchers in this field with both editors supporting the broad aims and content of this journal and the imminent addition of open access publishing as an option for authors.

Professor Gwo-Bin Vincent Lee is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University. Prof Lee is active in the field of micro/nanofluidic systems, with his research lying within their biomedical applications.

“It is a real privilege to be named as one of the editors-in-chief of Micro & Nano Letters,” said Professor Lee. “Something that particularly drew me to this role was the journal’s broad remit which means we can explore a range of subjects and help share and drive innovation in engineering and technology. With competition so fierce amongst researchers today, it’s an excellent opportunity to provide relevant high quality papers that may help others to shape their research and understanding.”

Professor Peter Dobson from the University of Oxford, is responsible for setting up a new type of Science Park that combines university activities with company R&D, and leads a team that facilitates the rapid transfer of technology and knowledge. He is experienced in a broad range of nanotechnology areas and is currently the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK.

“I am very interested in this role because nanotechnology has reached the stage where it is providing new solutions to old problems, and there are many researchers entering this field from different disciplines. There will be some significant breakthroughs in the next few years in this area and I hope our journal will be an important vehicle in this process”.

Dr Helen Dyball, Executive Editor of the IET’s Letters journals, commented: “Micro & Nano Letters has grown quickly over the last few years and now receives a large number of submissions from the international research community.  With its fast publication times and the addition of open access options in the next few weeks, I believe these appointments will contribute further valuable international scientific experience to this journal and its editorial board, supporting its development and vision for the future.”

For more information on Micro & Nano Letters please visit: www.ietdl.org/MNL.

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About the IET
The IET’s 26 research journals and books provide a wealth of research and information in the areas of engineering and technology.  The portfolio of research and letters journals, including open access articles and monographs (print and e-Book) in electronics, electrical engineering and related subjects are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines.  In addition, the IET Inspec database contains over 13 million abstract and indexing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and other literature in the fields of science and technology.  As a membership organisation, the IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries and is source of essential engineering intelligence.

For more information, visit www.theiet.org

About Micro & Nano Letters
Micro & Nano Letters, launched in 2006, specialises in the express online publication of short research papers concentrating on the latest advances in miniature and ultra-miniature structures and systems that have at least one dimension ranging from a few tens of micrometres to a few nanometres.

Micro & Nano Letters offers a rapid route for international dissemination of high-quality research findings generated by researchers from both the micro and nano communities. Open access publishing options are to be offered to all authors of new papers in this journal from Spring 2013.

 

IET announces new Editors-in-Chief to drive its journals IET Wireless Sensor Systems and IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution to new heights

Press Release

19 March 2013

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced the appointment of two new Editors-in-Chief to two of its academic journals. Professor Christian Rehtanz has been named the co-Editor-in-Chief of IET Generation Transmission & Distribution , a journal focused on current practice and future developments in electric power generation, transmission and distribution. Associate Professor Sherali Zeadally has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of IET Wireless Sensor Systems, a journal covering the rapidly growing field of wireless sensor networks and distributed systems.

Professor Rehtanz, who heads the Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics at Technical University Dortmund in Germany, is an eminent expert in the field of electrical power systems and power economics.

"The IET Generation, Transmissions & Distribution journal is an important forum for the dissemination of the latest scientific and technical results in the area of power and energy systems,” said Professor Rehtanz. “. The shift of the current power and energy systems towards renewable energy and smart grids provides endless topics of interest for authors and readers. It is our job to share this insight and ultimately help to drive innovation in this field.”

The appointment of Associate Professor Sherali Zeadally, from the University of the District of Columbia, USA, will give a renewed impetus to the growth and development of this relatively new journal. The journal was launched to cover the research, engineering and technological developments in, and innovative deployment of, distributed sensor and actuator systems – areas which are specific to Professor Zeadally’s experience, having written research papers funded by the likes of NASA, Cisco, HP and Microsoft , IBM and others.

Associate Professor Zeadally commented: “It is an honour to take over as the Editor-in-Chief of IET Wireless Sensor Systems. Billions of wireless sensors are being deployed in a wide range of application domains including agriculture, healthcare, military, environment etc., resulting in a multi-billion dollar industry with research and development spending alone exceeding one billion dollars.
It is my hope that this high quality journal will continue to publish the state-of-the art results from both industry and academia in the growing field of wireless sensor networks and distributed systems."

Kruna Vukmirovic, the IET's Journal Development Editor commented: “IET Generation Transmission & Distribution and IET Wireless Sensor Systems cater to increasingly important areas of research for the engineering community. Bringing outstanding individuals on board to nurture these journals will help get the most innovative research out into the field. I have every confidence that appointing Professor Zeadally and Professor Rehtanz as Editors-in-Chief of their respective journals , and at the same time adding open access publishing options to these journals will give us the best chance of accommodating the range of papers in these fast growing research areas.”


For more information on IET Generation Transmission & Distribution please visit:
www.ietdl.org/IET-GTD, and for IET Wireless Sensor Systems: www.ietdl.org/IET-WSS

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About the IET

The IET’s 26 research journals and books provide a wealth of research and information in the areas of engineering and technology.  The portfolio of research and letters journals, including open access articles and monographs (print and e-Book) in electronics, electrical engineering and related subjects are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines.  In addition, the IET Inspec database contains over 13 million abstract and indexing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and other literature in the fields of science and technology.  As a membership organisation, the IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries and is source of essential engineering intelligence.

For more information, visit www.theiet.org

About GTD
Generation, Transmission & Distribution is intended as a forum for the publication and discussion of current practice and future developments in electric power generation, transmission and distribution. Practical papers in which examples of good present practice can be described and disseminated are particularly sought. Papers of high technical merit relying on mathematical arguments and computation will be considered, but authors are asked to relegate, as far as possible, the details of analysis to an appendix. Open access publishing options are to be offered to all authors of new papers in this journal from Spring 2013.

For more information www.ietdl.org/IET-GTD

About WSS
IET Wireless Sensor Systems is aimed at the growing field of wireless sensor networks and distributed systems, which has been expanding rapidly in recent years and is evolving into a multi-billion dollar industry. The Journal has been launched to give a platform to researchers and academics in the field and is intended to cover the research, engineering, technological developments, innovative deployment of distributed sensor and actuator systems. Open access publishing options are to be offered to all authors of new papers in this journal from Spring 2013.

For more information www.ietdl.org/IET-WSS

 

The IET finalises global editorial board for The Journal of Engineering and reveals article processing charge for all open-access publishing options

Press Release

12 February 2013

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today revealed further details of its open access offering, announcing the recruitment of eight section editors to take editorial responsibility for The Journal of Engineering, its open access journal,  which is set to start publishing in Q2 2013. The IET has also disclosed the Article Processing Charges (APCs) which will be paid by those publishing articles, along with its waiver policy.  

The eight section editors are internationally recognised experts in their fields coming from institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University and across engineering areas that reflect the anticipated subject range of The Journal of Engineering.  The editors will be assisted by the in-house editorial team of The Journal of Engineering ensuring that time from submission to publication is as short as possible. They will also have the ambassadorial support of the journal’s chief advisors, whose appointments were announced in October 2012. It is the IET’s aim to expand on the number of section editors as the field develops.  

Researchers whose papers are accepted for publication in The Journal of Engineering, or who wish to be published open access in an existing IET journal, will pay an APC of $1150 – a one-off payment, with no hidden extras, regardless of the length of the article. Waivers will be available 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. Researchers in other territories who can demonstrate a genuine need will also be considered for waivers. There will also be discounts available for IET members.

Daniel Smith, the IET’s Head of Academic Publishing, commented: “Announcing our APC and confirming the eight section editors is another significant step as we move towards the launch of The Journal of Engineering.  We are delighted to have engaged such a prestigious and international team.

“We have set our APC after a detailed and careful analysis of the market, at a level we believe is appropriate and will ensure the engineering content the IET publishes is made available to a wide audience.”  

For more information on The Journal of Engineering please visit: www.thejournalofengineering.org

* The criteria by which countries, areas or territories are categorised is available here:
www.research4life.org/institutions/criteria

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About The Journal of Engineering
The Journal of Engineering will cover a full range of engineering topics from fields including Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mechanical engineering, Energy engineering, Civil engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnology, Computing and Software, Biomedical engineering and Materials engineering.

For more information, visit www.thejournalofengineering.org

 

IET boosts China presence with EEFOCUS partnership

  •  agreement with Chinese portal for electrical engineers to access a range of IET content in Mandarin
  •  partnership will see selected articles and abstracts made available for free via a dedicated web zone
  •  aiming to boost awareness of the IET's technical research tools available on IET Digital Library and IET Inspec  

Press Release

22 January 2013

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Chinese engineering portal EEFOCUS have announced a partnership that will see the IET’s essential engineering intelligence made available to over 1 million researchers and academics throughout China. A sample selection of articles from the IET Digital Library will be available free of charge and researchers will also be able to access article abstracts from the IET Inspec bibliographic database. The move is part of the IET’s mission to make engineering content available to as wide a global audience as possible.  

Under the agreement EEFOCUS members will be able to access up to 30 IET Inspec abstracts per month, spanning a broad range of specialisms from across the technology and engineering fields. Access will also be given to up to 10 IET journal articles from the IET Digital Library translated into Mandarin and selected from relevant journals such as Wireless Sensor Systems, Radar, Sonar & Navigation and Computers & Digital Technologies.

“This is an important agreement for both the IET and EEFOCUS,” said Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing at the IET. “For EEFOCUS, it gives its subscribers access to information that can enhance or assist their own knowledge requirements.”

“From our side, the partnership is part of our Chinese growth plans. By offering selected content free of charge, we hope this will give them a taste of the kind of intelligence the IET offers through IET Digital Library and IET Inspec and encourage them to access more content from these platforms in the future.”

EEFOCUS has over 1 million registered users and acts as an information portal for the electrical engineering community in China. It provides an important reference link to relevant books, journals and other materials and provides a forum where users can discuss industry topics. In partnership with the IET, it will add leading academic research to its offering.

Gongyu Su, General Manager at EEFOCUS, said: “The IET’s journals contain leading intelligence from across engineering. As China strives to be a leader in technological innovation, access to this kind of knowledge will be vital. We also hope that, having seen how pioneering this content is, our users will look closer at the IET and make greater use of its services. This is an important partnership for us which will benefit our subscribers and ultimately China’s engineering community as a whole.”

The IET zone on EEFocus is due to go live in January 2013 and will be available via the EEFOCUS homepage - www.eefocus.com

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About EEFOCUS
EEFOCUS publishes a series of Chinese language media products unique to the electronics industry, including turnkey branded community sites, contextual advertising, and lead generation through newsletter and E: programs across one million registered users. Major EEFOCUS media sites include the EEFOCUS.com engineering community site, the CNDZZ.com circuit design collaboration site, and the Datasheet5.com technical reference site.

 

IET adopts Creative Commons Attribution CC BY Licence and announces first Chief Advisor for new open access journal

Press Release

8 October 2012

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced the appointment of Professor Lionel Tarassenko, the first of a team of Chief Advisors who will support and promote The Journal of Engineering, the IET’s new open access publication, due for launch in 2013. The decision to establish an international team of Chief Advisors reflects the broad scope and global reach of the new journal which will provide open access to essential engineering intelligence.

The IET has also announced it will be adopting the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY licence for open access articles published across its portfolio of journals. The Attribution CC BY licence, which will be mandated by RCUK (Research Councils UK) as of April 2013, and is also being mandated by other funding bodies, allows others to distribute and build upon published research, as long as the original creation is fully credited.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko, CBE, FREng, MA, DPhil, CEng, FIET, has been holder of the Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of Oxford since 1997. A Fellow of the IET and the Royal Academy of Engineering, he is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including a CBE for services to engineering, the 2006 Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEE Mather Premium and the IET’s IT Award for "Data Fusion Software for Early Detection of Patient Deterioration".

Professor Andy Hopper, IET President, commented: “It is vital to us to engage advisors for The Journal of Engineering who are highly respected and have a strong affinity with the IET and its aims to promote open access to key research content. In appointing Lionel Tarassenko, we have started this process and with the adoption of the CC-BY licence, I believe that The Journal of Engineering will provide a positive and welcome service for the engineering research community.”

The IET aims to invite submissions for The Journal of Engineering from late 2012 with the first articles being published online in 2013.

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About open access
The traditional model in academic publishing is based on subscriptions where a set amount is paid up-front, normally by institutions and universities, in order for their staff to access content. The open access model removes this fee and means researchers instead pay when their papers are accepted. No fee is charged for submitting content to a journal. The IET expects its open access broad engineering journal to attract papers from academics who are working in emerging areas or cross-disciplinary areas. The peer review process will remain as stringent as it has always been and once published, open access content will be freely available online to anyone in the world.

The IET’s new open access journal will cover a full range of engineering topics from fields including Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mechanical engineering, Energy engineering, Civil engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnology, Computing and Software, Biomedical engineering and Materials engineering.

 

The IET addresses the growing field of biometric recognition in its new journal

Press Release

2 May 2012

The Institution of Engineering and Technology, one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, announces the launch of its latest journal, IET Biometrics. Joining the IET’s extensive portfolio of research journals, IET Biometrics explores developments in the growing field of biometric recognition and technology, enhancing the breadth of information available to the research community. Its broad scope will make it a valuable reference for both industry and academia.

Professor Michael Fairhurst, an expert in biometrics at the University of Kent and Editor-in-Chief of IET Biometrics said: ‘This new journal aims to bring together all the diverse strands of research in biometrics, providing a single focus for stakeholders in this area to share their knowledge and keep up to date with cutting edge developments.  In this way we hope it will be a catalyst for promoting collaborations, and in a small but significant way to bridge the gap between what happens in the laboratory and what is required to turn good ideas into practical systems.   IET Biometrics should be considered a major journal devoted to reporting and promoting all aspects of biometrics, and capturing the full richness and diversity of the field.’

Daniel Smith, IET Head of Academic Publishing said: ‘With the IET’s focus including coverage of ‘security in the modern world’, it is extremely timely to be launching a new journal in the field of biometrics.  IET Biometrics brings together both fundamental research and application-led work of high quality, to ensure its value to the biometrics community at large, including government agencies, academic researchers, and relevant commercial organisations with interests in the field.’
The first two issues of IET Biometrics will be available free of charge on the IET’s Digital Library.

For more information visit www.ietdl.org/IET-BMT

 

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) future proofs its content with the CLOCKSS Archive

Press Release

8 February 2012

The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the IET to preserve its entire digital range in CLOCKSS's preservation archive, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. By archiving with CLOCKSS, the IET has committed to the preservation of its Digital Library which includes IET e-Journals, e-Books, conference and magazine content as well as IET Inspec. This action ensures the IET’s content is freely available to everyone after a "trigger event" and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.

Diane Richards, Publishing Strategic Relations Manager at the IET said, “We are committed to ensuring that all digital content published by the IET is available in perpetuity and our partnership with CLOCKSS now guarantees that content in the Digital Library will be available to those who require it”.

CLOCKSS Executive Director Randy S. Kiefer adds, "The CLOCKSS Archive welcomes the IET’s digital range into the community's archive.  By archiving with CLOCKSS, the IET has ensured that their various publications in engineering and technology will be available for a worldwide audience now and in the future.  We are grateful, as the IET joins the CLOCKSS Archive, for its generous willingness to preserve its content in a way that secures them for the long-term good of scholars worldwide".

About CLOCKSS:
The CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) Archive is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world's leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.

http://www.clockss.org

 

IET Signs Agreement with INASP

Press Release

Stevenage, UK – The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, signed an agreement with INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications) in July  2011. The agreement is to provide certain developing and emerging countries within Africa, Asia and Latin America, access to IET Research and Letters Journals. The result is that users in selected regions are able to gain access to IET resources and other scientific information free of charge or at a significantly reduced cost.

“As a global association, we are continually looking for opportunities to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world,” says Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing at the IET. “The agreement with INASP is a great example of those efforts.”

INASP works in depth with 23 partner countries and to a lesser extent with over 80 other countries around the world to support global research communication through innovation, networking and capacity strengthening and focusing on the needs of developing and emerging countries. INASP’s current  focus is the ‘Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information’ (PERii). The IET journal content will be offered through PERii starting in 2012.

“Our partnerships are essential to the growth of our organization and provide developing and emerging nations with the relevant scientific information to help them grow through the expansion of local research,” says Anne Powell, Programme Officer, Information Delivery, INASP. “We are very pleased to include the IET content in the PERii programme and we trust the resources provided will be of great benefit to the selected regions.”

About INASP

INASP was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1992, and was registered as a UK charity in 2004. INASP works with partners to support global research, communication through innovation, networking and capacity strengthening, focusing on the needs of developing and emerging countries. The organization also advises and advocates for improved policy and practice in achieving sustainable and equitable development through effective communication, knowledge and networks.

 

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Announces Steady Growth of its Journals

Press Release 

20 July 2011

Stevenage, UK – The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, announces significant growth for many of its journals. After the astonishing performance of last year, when all but one of the IET’s journals saw a huge leap in impact factor, the 2010 results indicate pleasingly steady growth across the IET family of journals.

There were especially high performances from individual journals, including IET Renewable Power Generation, which saw its impact factor increase from 1.255 to 2.082; IET Communications, which increased by almost 30% to 0.963; and IET Power Electronics, which received its first impact factor of 1.018.

Electronics Letters, the IET’s flagship title, also increased its impact factor this year. Read its high-profile feature articles and insight letters for free at www.theiet.org/eletters.

“We are very pleased to see our journals continue to grow and be well received,” says Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing, the IET. “The impact factors are just one way we measure the success of our journals and we remain diligent in our efforts to supply the industry with quality content.”