Rising Numbers

In 2012, IEEE expanded its role as a global source of high-quality technical services through new memberships and resources with continued leadership in journal and conference rankings.

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IEEE Remains Most Cited

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According to the 2011 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (JCR), IEEE published seven number-one technical journals in the categories of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Automation and Control Systems, Computer Science, and Manufacturing Engineering; furthermore, it was reported that IEEE published 16 of the top 20 journals in electrical and electronic engineering, 8 of the top 10 journals in telecommunications, and 6 of the top 10 journals in computer science, hardware, and architecture, topping the nearly 2,500 publichers from 84 countries included in the JCR report.

1790 Analytics LLC, a market research firm specializing in patent analysis and intellectual property, reported that the leading 25 organizations granted the highest number of patents between 1997 and 2012 cited IEEE journals and conference proceedings three times more often than any of the other top 20 publishers. The report revealed that IEEE journals and conference proceedings received over 154,000 patent citations. It also showed that referencing to IEEE papers in patents has increased 546% since 1997.

XPlore Digital Library Expands

IEEE Xplore grew in content, subscribers, and partnerships in 2012, creating a more robust digital platform and efficient user experience. The range of technical disciplines represented and the number of documents published in IEEE Xplore has grown significantly over the past several years.

New International Partnerships Provide Access to Renowned Journals

To further enhance its value to the global research community, IEEE reached agreements with Tsinghua University Press and the Beijing Institute of Aerospace Information. These agreements make IEEE the exclusive worldwide distributor of English language versions of the notable journals Tsinghua Science and Technology and the Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics.

In addition, IEEE expanded its Shibboleth coverage by joining the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) federation. Shibboleth is standards-based, open source software that enables single Web sign-on across or within organizational boundaries, simplifying the management of identity and permissions for organizations. The CERNET federation is part of the CERNET Authentication and Resource Sharing Infrastructure (CARSI) project, an inter-institutional authentication and authorization project initiated by China’s Peking University. Membership in CERNET gives users secure access to IEEE Xplore without requiring them to be present at their institution. Peking University, Shenzhen University, and Tsinghua University are now using this software.

A 2012 agreement with the German Electrical Engineering Society (VDE) gives IEEE Xplore subscribers access to more than 3,000 English language papers from more than 20 VDE annual conferences. About 1,000 new papers will be





IEEE Expands Open Access

IEEE carried out key elements of the action plan for open-access publishing in 2012, extending the program begun the previous year. All IEEE journals produced by IEEE Publishing Operations, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Communications Society offer the open- access option, giving authors the opportunity to make their articles available at no cost to readers in the IEEE Xplore digital library. added to the library each year.

IEEE eLearning Library Joins iTunes U

Late in the year, the IEEE eLearning Library made its debut on iTunes U, Apple’s online resource for learning materials published by leaders in education. Visitors can now find several hundred video and audio files from IEEE societies and the IEEE Global History Network. The IEEE eLearning Library is a series of online learning tutorials based on educational content from IEEE conferences around the world. In 2012, it surpassed 300 tutorials, with the launch of several new series, including “Engineering Ethics” and “Dual Port SRAM Design.”

Three New Publications Launched

IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems is a quarterly publication aimed at research in green systems, ambient intelligence, sensor networks, nanotechnology, smart power, bio-inspired electronics and bioinformatics, security, and other areas. The publication is sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (PV) is a quarterly publication covering fundamentals and new concepts, PV systems, thin-film solar cells, concentrator solar cells, organic PV, and advances in PV characterization. The IEEE Electron Devices and the IEEE Power & Energy Societies are sponsoring the journal.

IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology is dedicated to research on devices and systems operating in the terahertz (THz) frequency range. The biannual publication covers basic science and applications of the THz spectrum in biology, medicine, imaging, atmospheric and environmental science, remote sensing, radio astronomy, spectroscopy, telecommunications, and security. The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society is the journal’s sponsor.