Preprint Program Expands to Magazines

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 28 September, 2009 — The IEEE Computer Society has expanded the Online First Publication Model to its 13 technical magazines, making the articles available for purchase or download almost immediately after being accepted.

With the Online First Publication Model, a PDF version of each author’s accepted paper (called a preprint) is posted to the CS Digital Library (http://www.computer.org/portal/site/csdl/) as soon as it is stamped with a DOI (digital object identifier). A DOI is a unique number assigned to individual articles to ensure that readers can locate it at any stage in its publication or at any location it might be housed online over its lifetime. The preprint is replaced with a PDF of the finalized version once it appears in print.

Online First Publication lets developers start building on leading-edge research right away by eliminating the acceptance-queue delays traditionally associated with peer-reviewed publications. Authors, readers, and researchers all benefit directly from the streamlined process.

The IEEE Computer Society’s journals department implemented the program in early 2007 and experienced drops in submission-to-publication time of up to 14 months. With the Online First model, the date a paper is posted online is considered its publication date.

On the community level, this efficiency helps strengthen communication among groups of like-minded researchers worldwide, and on the individual level, authors who publish with the IEEE Computer Society can quickly use their articles for their vitae, grant proposals, and employment reviews.

Through these and other ongoing efforts, the IEEE Computer Society is working to foster technological advancement and inspiration within the computer science and engineering field.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 IEEE societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications and online courses.

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