IEEE and CERN Agree to Transformative Open Access ‘Read and Publish’ Deal

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced today that it has entered an open access read and publish agreement with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world’s largest particle physics research center located in Geneva, Switzerland.

The transformative read and publish agreement enables CERN-corresponding authors to publish open access articles in all IEEE journals and combines reading access to over five million documents from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, including scientific journals, conference proceedings, and IEEE standards. The agreement also makes it more convenient for authors to publish open access articles with IEEE as article processing charges (APCs) are prepaid by CERN’s centrally funded IEEE open access APC account.  CERN’s authors are now able to publish open access articles in 160 leading hybrid journals and all fully open journals published by IEEE, making articles instantly available and free to read by the general public. 

“IEEE is proud to announce its agreement with CERN,” said Karen Hawkins, IEEE Chief Marketing Officer. “With this new agreement, CERN researchers now have new ways to publish the results of their research in the leading publications in their fields as open access and maintain access to all the published research in IEEE Xplore. We look forward to working with other institutions to create innovative agreements to share the work of leading researchers with the global research community to further scientific and engineering progress and support economic development.”

According to CERN Library section leader Tullio Basaglia: “The CERN Library, as a matter of policy, is pursuing transformative agreements which combine OA publishing alongside reading access arrangements. Our aim is to eventually transition our spend over time to entirely support OA publishing services.” Basaglia further added: “As CERN is home to the world’s largest scientific instrument, the Large Hadron Collider, the research conducted here goes beyond just high energy physics. We are particularly pleased to be entering into an agreement with IEEE to ensure that authors from among the community of thousands of engineers working at CERN are similarly able to benefit from open access publishing services.”