Driven by member and author feedback, technical professional association IEEE has announced that all of its peer-reviewed journals — more than 100 — now offer open-access publishing options.
The growth of open-access scholarly research publishing enables technologists and the general public to read articles online for free, as opposed to the traditional model of paying for a subscription. Removing access barriers can advance research and scientific applications by exposing new concepts to a broader audience. Studies have shown that this approach may increase article citations.
As of June 2012, more than 7600 open-access journals were being published in 117 countries, according to a report from the UK-based Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings.