Frequently Asked Questions about JoE (The Journal of Engineering) and open access from the IET

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. 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.

4. 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:

5. 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.

6. What article types are suitable for The Journal of Engineering?

The Journal of Engineering publishes primary research articles across a broad spectrum of engineering. Indicative subject areas are provided below, however the journal welcomes submissions in interdisciplinary areas and related emerging fields:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computing and software
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Energy engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Micro and nanotechnology

Note: Any research article which falls within the scope of any other IET journal will be in scope for The Journal of Engineering.

7. How do I submit my manuscript for open access publication in The Journal of Engineering?

The submission process for The Journal of Engineering is the same as for the other IET journals. For full information, please see the Author Guide.

8. Does the selection criteria for articles submitted to The Journal of Engineering for open access publishing differ from other IET journals?

All articles submitted to The Journal of Engineering are peer reviewed with a ‘binary’ accept or reject decision being made on the basis of the validity of the research being reported, including the soundness of the research methods employed and the analysis undertaken to reach conclusions.

9. Will articles published as open access appear in print?

The Journal of Engineering is an online only journal, so there are no print issues.

10. Where will The Journal of Engineering articles be indexed?

All JoE content is available on the IET Digital Library and the journal is indexed in ESCI (Web of Science), EI Compendex and DOAJ.

11. Who should I contact for more information?

For further information or if you have any queries relating to The Journal of Engineering please contact [email protected].

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