Publisher IEEE in Transformative Agreement With Spain’s Universities

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The new three-year transformative agreement for IEEE and Spain’s ‘CRUE’ universities is available to researchers wanting open access.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘To Further Scientific and Engineering Progress’

Today (July 11), IEEE—the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—has made a three-year transformative agreement with a consortium of Spanish universities to support authors in Spain who want to publish their scholarly, research, and academic papers in open access.

The effect of this agreement, according to its parties, is that “all researchers belonging to participating Spanish institutions can publish open-access articles in approximately 200 leading journals and magazines published by IEEE.”

Those writers looking for the open-access route can publish in any of IEEE’s 160 hybrid open-access journals. What’s more, authors who opt for the institute’s fully open-access journals will get a 20-percent discount off the “article processing charges”—also called APCs.

Personnel from the consortium of Spanish universities—Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universitie (CRUE)—are promised that they’ll have:

  • “Streamlined ease in publishing open-access articles in IEEE periodicals, making articles instantly available and free to read by the public
  • “Publication of all open-access IEEE journal articles with a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY), unless otherwise requested by the author
  • “Read-access rights to more than 5 million articles, including all IEEE periodicals, IEEE standards, and all IEEE conference papers,” of which some 200,000 are said by the company to be published annually

Karen Hawkins

In a prepared statement, Karen Hawkins, IEEE’s chief marketing officer, is quoted, saying, “This agreement with the research community at CRUE provides researchers in Spain with a wide array of open-access publishing options across our … portfolio of publications

“IEEE’s commitment to open science is reinforced by this agreement which allows IEEE to share the work of leading researchers with the [international] research community to further scientific and engineering progress.”

Eva Alcón

Eva Alcón, president of CRUE, says the agreement is “a step forward toward the aims of Open Access this association has committed to.

“It will allow more research carried out in Spanish universities to be read, cited, and published.

“On the road to the ‘knowledge society,’ it’s essential to provide researchers and citizens with the widest possible access to scientific publications.”

IEEE reports today that it now has more than 400 institutions engaged in one form or another of open-access agreement. There’s much more, of course, and you can find it here.

CRUE comprises 76 Spanish universities, 50 of them public and 26 private. The association was founded in 1994.


More from Publishing Perspectives on open access and the competition to dominate the transformative agreement scene is here. More on scholarly and academic publishing is here, and more on the Spanish publishing market is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.