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IEEE Announces Compliance with UKRI Open Access Policy

Route to Compliance Enables All UK Authors to Publish in Any IEEE Journal or Conference

MAY 20, 2022

IEEE has announced a compliance route that enables all authors to continue to publish in any IEEE journal, magazine, or conference proceeding in accordance with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) national funding agency’s newly established open access policy. By following either of the UKRI Policy’s Route 1 or Route 2 options listed below, authors funded by UKRI, Wellcome Trust or other funders will be fully compliant while continuing to publish in the IEEE publication of their choice:

Route 1 Option: Publishing via a Gold Open Access journal

Many researchers in the UK who publish in IEEE journals are already able to publish open access under an Open Access agreement between their institution and IEEE. UKRI-funded authors can comply with UKRI’s Open Access policy by publishing gold open access in any of IEEE’s fully open access  journals and the final published journal article will be made  immediately available to post in their institution’s repository under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Authors can review a list of institutional agreements posted at or can check with their institution’s library to see if the article processing charges (APCs) required to publish Open Access will be covered by their institution’s particular agreement with IEEE.

Route 2 Option: Publishing via a subscription based journal or conference

UKRI-funded authors are now also able to publish articles via Open Access in any of the subscription based IEEE journals, magazines, or conferences published in compliance with the UKRI “Route 2” option. Under this option:

    • Authors may deposit the Accepted Manuscript (AM) in an institutional or subject repository at the time of final publication
    • No delay or ‘embargo period’ is required prior to posting to the repository
    • The deposited version will have a CC BY license provided to the author by IEEE as long as the funder is properly identified

To make the CC BY license available as quickly as possible under the Route 2 option, IEEE has developed a process that engages authors during their online publication agreement where they may identify themselves as an author with UKRI funding. Upon completion of the copyright agreement, UKRI funded authors will automatically obtain a permission to apply the CC BY licence to their accepted manuscript. To further meet the Route 2 requirements and ensure compliance, the submissions should include the following text in the funding acknowledgement section of the manuscript and any cover note accompanying the submission:

“For the purpose of open access, the author(s) has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to any Accepted Manuscript version arising.”

IEEE is delighted to be able to offer many different publishing options for our authors that are fully compliant with funder mandates such as the UKRI open access policy. We are actively working toward future enhancements to further benefit authors and improve the options available to all. We look forward to continuing to provide a wide range of options for authors and publishing many of the world’s leading research breakthroughs and innovations from authors in the UK.

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