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 Prof. Derek Abbott.

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.
  • Applied engineering 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 surveys of new or evolving fields aimed at increasing others’ understanding of these emerging topics, however, tutorials are not allowed.
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, applied engineering and 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.

Which template do I use when submitting to IEEE Access?

You may find IEEE Access's templates 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:


How can I submit an article?
What constitutes authorship?
If needed, can we make changes to the manuscript after acceptance?

The IEEE Access EIC allows authors to make minor changes to articles post acceptance based on reviewer feedback, before uploading final files. However, changes to references and author lists are not allowed.

Per the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual, change in the author list is considered rare and exceptional. Changes to the author list requires a detailed justification letter and all other authors must agree and sign. The decision to allow such changes rests with the Editor. To determine what constitutes authorship, please refer to the following page in the IEEE Author Center: https://journals.ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/become-an-ieee-journal-author/publishing-ethics/definition-of-authorship/

Note: Requests to add authors that are prohibited to publish with the IEEE or IEEE Access will result in the article being rejected or retracted.

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 Clarivate Analytics 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 4.098, a five-year impact factor of 4.540, an Eigenfactor of 0.03922, and an article influence score of 0.835 (per 2018 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.

Topical Sections

What is a Special Section in IEEE Access?

IEEE Access hosts Special Sections.

Special Sections are collections of articles that focus on unique topics. They are 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 (four or more) articles on the topic. Completed Special Sections are grouped together on the IEEE Xplore® digital library. More information can be found at: https://ieeeaccess.ieee.org/special-sections

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 website (https://ieeeaccess.ieee.org/special-sections/) with a Call for Papers.

What is a Society/Council Section in IEEE Access?

IEEE Access hosts Society/Council (S/C) Sections.

S/C Sections are collections of articles that focus on an IEEE S/C’s fields of interest. Authors may submit their article to a S/C Section and have their article processed by a Topical Editor from that IEEE S/C. These sections follow the IEEE Access Special Section manuscript workflow. S/C Sections are a permanent feature of IEEE Access and will be open for submissions continuously. More information can be found at: https://ieeeaccess.ieee.org/special-sections/society-council-sections/

Who can submit to a Society/Council Section in IEEE Access?

Any researcher who is specialized in the Society/Council Section field can submit an article to IEEE Access. All current Society/Council Sections are listed on the IEEE Access website, with a list of Topical Editors.

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

The review time for an article submitted to a Special Section or Society/Council 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 before the submission deadline or to a Society/Council Section at any time.

Additional Supplemental Material

What kind of supplemental material can I publish with my article?

You may submit supplemental material (code, data, video, etc.) with your article submission, which will be posted on IEEE Xplore under the tab “media” with your published article. IEEE Access has also adopted Code Ocean and IEEE Dataport services.

What is Code Ocean?

IEEE Access supports Code Ocean, which is a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, integrated with IEEE Xplore that enables IEEE authors to publish their executable code associated with research articles. Code may be uploaded at submission, revision or after acceptance of the article.

What is IEEE DataPort?

IEEE Access supports IEEE DataPort, which is a repository of datasets and data analysis tools. The repository is designed to accept all types of datasets, including Big Data datasets up to 2TB, and it provides both downloading capabilities and access to Cloud services to enable data analysis in the Cloud.

For standard dataset uploads, there is no cost to the author. For open access datasets, it is free for a limited time with coupon code OPENACCESS1.

Multimedia Videos

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.

What file size can my multimedia video be?

The file size should not exceed 100 MB, however for optimal viewing on IEEE Xplore, we recommend smaller file sizes using lower resolution formats.

For additional information on creating multimedia videos, please see the IEEE Multimedia Submission Guidelines.

What kind of video formats do you accept?

Videos may be .mp4 (MPEG-4), .mov (Apple Quicktime), or .avi (Microsoft audio-video interleaved) formats. Please note that Power Point presentations must be converted into a video file before submission.

What type of content may be included in a video?

Videos may be simulations, demonstrations, interviews with experts, or a presentation of the technology. Multimedia videos should provide a brief synopsis of the article's content. Videos should be in English and appropriate for journal publication.

Examples of videos that have been accepted for publication can be found in our Featured Articles.

How can I submit a multimedia video?

During the article submission process, you can upload your video as “Multimedia” in ScholarOne Manuscripts during the file upload step.

If you have already submitted your article, please contact your article’s administrator within 7 days of submitting your article.


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

IEEE offers the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) for IEEE open access authors. 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



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