IET announces APC plans

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has revealed more details of its open-access offering, and has recruited eight editors for The Journal of Engineering, its open-access journal, which is due to start publishing in the second quarter of 2013.

The IET has also disclosed the article processing charges (APCs) that will be paid by those publishing articles, along with its waiver policy.

Researchers whose papers are accepted for publication in The Journal of Engineering, or who wish to be published open access in an existing IET journal, will pay an APC of $1150 – a one-off payment, regardless of the length of the article.

Waivers will be available for researchers in developing countries, determined using the criteria set by Research4Life, which provides free or low-cost access to scientific journals, books and databases for scientists, practitioners, students and faculty in the developing world. Researchers in other territories who can demonstrate a genuine need will also be considered for waivers. There will also be discounts available for IET members.

Daniel Smith, the IET’s head of academic publishing, said: 'Announcing our APC and confirming the eight section editors is another significant step as we move towards the launch of The Journal of Engineering. We are delighted to have engaged such a prestigious and international team.

'We have set our APC after a detailed and careful analysis of the market, at a level we believe is appropriate and will ensure the engineering content the IET publishes is made available to a wide audience.'