IEEE Transformative Journals

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IEEE is dedicated to serving the author and research community and strives to support all authors and readers globally. We accomplish this by offering any author a choice of quality publication venues to share their work that is compliant with their circumstances, regardless of their funding status, the publishing mandates they may have in place, or where in the world they may work. IEEE is also committed to working with institutions and funders to provide sustainable open access publishing opportunities to authors that allow for a wider dissemination of knowledge and enables authors to maximize exposure of their research.

To that end, IEEE is pleased to announce that as of 15 November 2022, authors receiving research grants from Coalition S funders are now compliant with Plan S requirements when publishing their research articles in any IEEE fully open access or hybrid journals. In addition to direct open access agreements with hundreds of institutions, all of IEEE’s hybrid journals now qualify as ‘transformative journals’ under Plan S. This development represents a major step in IEEE’s support and commitment to open science, and ensures that more authors can continue to publish in the publication of their choice and still be in compliance with Coalition S funder requirements.

IEEE has worked directly with the leadership of Coalition S to ensure compliance with the Plan S criteria for transformative publications. Under this criteria, a Transformative Journal is a subscription/hybrid journal that is committed to eventually transitioning to a fully OA journal over time. In addition, it must:

  • Gradually increase the share of OA content and
  • Offset subscription income from payments for publishing services

What does this mean for authors?
This commitment from IEEE means that authors will remain in full compliance with Coalition S funder requirements if they publish their research articles in any IEEE fully open access or hybrid journals. Many research funders that have signed on to endorse Plan S will cover the full costs of open access publication in IEEE’s fully open access or transformative journals. You can use our Publications Recommender tool to find the most appropriate IEEE journal for your research. You can also find more information on the many IEEE open access options available to authors and institutions by visiting

Frequently Asked Questions
More details and answers to some frequently asked questions from the author and editorial community on the impact of this announcement can be found here.

IEEE Transformative Journal Calculations 
The data linked below identifies the open access publication targets for each IEEE transformative journal in 2023, based on 2021 data:
IEEE Transformative Journal targets

To learn more, please view the full release here.