This post is a press release issued by IEEE and the University of California.

IEEE and the University of California today announce a four-year read-and-publish agreement to enable researchers across the 10-campus university system to publish open access in the technical professional organization’s approximately 200 leading journals and magazines. IEEE is among the largest publishers of UC research. 

“IEEE is a publisher of crucial importance to UC authors, who read and work with IEEE daily,” said Dr. Solmaz Kia, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science and former research chair of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. “I applaud this agreement, which enables UC authors to publish and disseminate their research without barriers, allowing for the widest possible reach of this valuable scholarship.”

The agreement will enable corresponding UC authors to publish open access in IEEE journals, regardless of whether they have research funds available to pay for open access publishing. For authors who do not, the libraries will cover the full cost of the open access fee (also known as an article processing charge, or APC) on their behalf, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access. 

The deal also provides UC scholars with reading access to over five million documents from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, including scientific journals, proceedings, and standards. 

“IEEE is pleased to announce this agreement with our colleagues at UC, which will provide scholars in the UC system with a wide array of open access publishing options across our high-quality journal portfolio. IEEE is committed to exposing vital research to the global community and making the publication experience for the UC research community as easy as possible in the journals on which so many in the scientific and engineering community rely,” said Karen Hawkins, IEEE chief marketing officer. “This agreement is the latest in a series of open access agreements IEEE has launched, and we look forward to working with more institutions to create agreements that allow IEEE to share the work of leading researchers with the global research community to further scientific and engineering progress.”

About IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. IEEE has expanded its open access program and launched many new fully open access titles in fields such as computing, telecommunications, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and more. To learn more about the IEEE open access options for authors and institutions or to view a list of approximately 300 institutions that have an open access agreement with IEEE, please visit

About UC’s transformative open access agreements

Transformative open access agreements support the University of California’s mission as a public university and advance the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making more UC-authored research articles open to the world, while maintaining journal affordability. UC seeks to partner with publishers of all types, sizes, and disciplines to jointly advance a worldwide transition to open access across the entire landscape of scholarly journal publishing. For more on these aims and principles, see UC’s Call to Action for Negotiating Journal Agreements at UC, the UC faculty Academic Senate’s Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication, and UC’s priorities for publisher negotiations.

IEEE media contacts: 

Monika Stickel
+1 732 562 6027

Francine Tardo
+1 732 465 5865

University of California media contact:

Jessica Nusbaum
UC Davis Library Director of Communications, for the UC libraries 

For more details, please see the FAQ on the IEEE agreement.


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