Frequently Asked Questions


What is IEEE Access?

IEEE Access is a multidisciplinary, open access (OA), applications-oriented, all-electronic archival journal that continuously presents the results of original research or development across all of IEEE's fields of interest.

IEEE Access will publish articles that are of high interest to readers, original, technically correct, and clearly presented. Supported by author publication fees (APC), its hallmarks are a rapid peer review and publication process with open access to all readers. Unlike IEEE's traditional journals, reviews are "binary", in that reviewers will either Accept or Reject an article in the form it is submitted in order to achieve rapid turnaround.

IEEE Access current Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Michael Pecht.

What is the scope of IEEE Access?
  • Multidisciplinary topics, or applications-oriented articles that do not fit within the scope of IEEE's traditional journals.
  • Practical articles discussing new experiments or measurement techniques, interesting solutions to engineering, including negative results.
  • Development of new or improved fabrication or manufacturing techniques.
  • Traditional novel research articles.
  • Reviews or survey articles of new or evolving fields oriented to assist others in understanding the new area.
What is the criterion for an article to be accepted for publication in IEEE Access?
  1. The article should be original writing that enhances the existing body of knowledge in the given subject area. Original review articles and surveys are acceptable even if new data/concepts are not presented.
  2. Results reported have not been submitted or published elsewhere (although expanded versions of conference publications are eligible for submission).
  3. Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail.
  4. Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by the data.
  5. The article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in English.
  6. Appropriate references to related prior published works must be included.
What kind of authors will publish in IEEE Access and why would they not choose another OA journal?

IEEE Access authors work as academic, industry, and government leaders in R&D. These authors may not have published with IEEE in the past, but would like an outlet for their innovative, practical, and applied research. Also, authors using government research funding or university consortium funding may be required to publish in OA journals. IEEE Access offers these authors a broad-scoped alternative to the more narrowly focused IEEE fully OA topical journals.

IEEE is doing tremendous work to promote its new multidisciplinary journal; which has resulted in IEEE Access articles being in IEEE Xplore’s top 10 most popular downloads every month. Due to this popularity, and upholding high peer review quality standards, one of its articles has been awarded the 2015 IEEE Donald Fink award, and the journal was the recipient of the 2015 PROSE Award for “Best New Journal in STM.”

Will there be a print version of IEEE Access?

No, IEEE Access is online only.

Peer Review

How long does the peer review process take for IEEE Access?

On average, the IEEE Access peer review process takes 4 weeks from submission to accept/reject decision notification. Submission to publication time takes typically 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how long it takes the authors to submit final files after they receive the accept/reject notification.

Does the binary peer review process compromise on quality?

Although IEEE Access uses a binary peer review process, the acceptance rate has been identical to traditional IEEE journals being one-third. We uphold quality above revenue or other aspects of publishing to make this new open access journal worthy of the IEEE.


Does IEEE Access have an impact factor? Is it indexed?

IEEE Access has been accepted into the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, which includes Science Citations Index Expanded, Journal Citation Report/Science Edition, and Current Contents Engineering, Computing and Technology Edition. IEEE Access has an impact factor of 1.270, an Eigenfactor of 0.00198, and an article influence score of 0.706 (per 2016 JCR).

IEEE Access is indexed by Inspec, Ei Compendex, Scopus, EBSCOhost, and Google Scholar. It is also listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Article Processing Charges (APC)

The journal follows an OA publication fee model. What will the OA article processing charge be?

The article processing charge (APC) is $1,750 per article (plus applicable local taxes) without page limits.

Can my APC be discounted or waived?

Only a few articles that meet high scholarly publishing standards, as determined by the Editor-in-Chief, may be granted a waiver. However, there are other circumstances in which a discount or a waiver, in cases of hardship, may be granted by IEEE:

Membership: IEEE members receive a 5% discount. If the member is also enrolled to any IEEE Society, the total discount is 15%.

Minimum income: Authors who certify that their prior year's income did not exceed US $14,900 or equivalent are granted a 50% reduction in APCs.

Unemployed: A 50% reduction in APCs is available to an author who informs the IEEE that he/she: (1) has become involuntarily unemployed and is seeking reemployment, or (2) has become voluntarily unemployed for reasons of raising children. In the case of voluntary unemployment, this discount will not be offered for more than four years.

Permanently disabled: IEEE APCs shall be waived for authors who become permanently disabled. "Permanent disability" shall mean a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which (i) renders the individual incapable of performing any substantial gainful employment, (ii) can be expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration or result in death, and (iii) is evidenced by a certification to this effect by a doctor of medicine approved by the IEEE Executive Director.

In addition, your institution’s library may have established a deposit account with IEEE to pay APCs on your behalf. Please check with your institution’s library to see if a deposit account is available.

Is there a page limit or over-length article charge for IEEE Access articles?
No. There is no page limit for articles and therefore no over-length article charge.
How will the APC be used?

The APC will be used to cover the cost of publishing the article and archiving it in IEEE Xplore.

Why would an author pay to publish?

An author would pay to publish if they are in search of a reputable global outlet for innovative, practical, and applied research with a rapid peer review and publication process that is free to all readers. Also, authors may be required by funding agencies to publish in an OA journal.

Special Sections

What is a Special Section in IEEE Access?

We are developing Special Sections for IEEE Access that focus on unique topics; topics of research that belong within the IEEE but would be considered out of scope for most of the IEEE journals (e.g. multidisciplinary or boundary-pushing topics).

Special Sections are created by Associate Editors and Guest Editors once their proposal is accepted by an IEEE Access Editorial Committee. Each Special Section will include an Editorial that introduces the collection of (4 or more) articles on the topic. Completed Special Sections are grouped together on the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Who can submit to a Special Section in IEEE Access?

Any researcher who is specialized in the Special Section field can submit an article to IEEE Access. All current Special Sections are listed on the IEEE Access main page with a Call for Papers. New Special Sections are also highlighted on the IEEE Access social media sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, G+).

If an article is submitted to a Special Section, how long does it take for it to complete peer review?

The review time for an article submitted to a Special Section is the same as for any regular submission. On average, the IEEE Access peer review process takes 4 weeks from submission to accept/reject decision notification. Authors may submit their article to an "open" Special Section anytime before the submission deadline.

Author Tools

Which template do I use when submitting to IEEE Access?

You may use the standard IEEE "Templates for Transactions" by clicking on the following link:


IEEE Access requires that you submit your manuscript as a PDF in a double column, single-spaced format.

For more information related to publishing with IEEE Access, please use the following link:


Why should I submit multimedia with an article? What can I include with it?

IEEE Access encourages submission of video as it can be a great tool to enhance and promote your article. We highlight a video/article every two weeks on the IEEE Access main page based on the quality of the content. Typically, the most downloaded articles in IEEE Access have multimedia.

Video may be simulations, experimental demonstrations, or interviews with the authors or other experts, for example. We also request authors to submit a graphical abstract to overlay the video on the abstract page.

How can I submit?


Are IEEE Access authors expected to transfer copyright to the publisher?

IEEE offers two options for authors submitting OA articles: 1) The IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement (OAPA), and 2) the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

The OAPA serves four important purposes:

  1. An explicit promise is made to OA authors that IEEE will present their work with free access to all users.
  2. OA authors are assured that they are free to post the final, published version of their article on their personal Web site, their employers' site, or their funding agency's site.
  3. The OAPA gives IEEE sufficient legal rights to resolve any complaints of abuse (such as infringement and plagiarism) of the authors’ content.
  4. The OAPA allows users to copy the work, as well as to translate it or to reuse it for text/data mining, as long as the usage is for non-commercial purposes.

IEEE authors who want to submit their articles under an OA license are encouraged to use the IEEE OAPA.

A more detailed OAPA copyright policy description can be found at:


More FAQs related to OAPA can be found at http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/rights/oapa_faq.pdf

The CC BY is an OA publishing license that allows authors to retain ownership of the copyright for their work while granting all users permission to publish and distribute the work. Authors should visit the Creative Commons web page to understand the terms of the CC BY, which is nonexclusive, applies to all potential users, and grants users rights to distribute and adapt the work without obtaining explicit permission from the author.

More detail on Terms and Conditions of IEEE Authors’ use of the CC BY license can be found at http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/rights/oatermsconditionsfull.html

Aside from IEEE Access, are there other IEEE publications that use the IEEE OAPA?

All IEEE journals (hybrid or topical OA only journals) offer the same options to OA authors: the IEEE OAPA or the CC BY license.


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