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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Focus: Open access

Engineering open access: research set free

The Journal of Engineering is the IET’s first fully open access journal and covers

the broad and interdisciplinary scope of engineering. It is unique in our portfolio in that it values scientific soundness over perceived significance, giving researchers the opportunity to publish their earliest or updated research and to publish with colleagues from a


SAGE Open is an online only peer- reviewed, “Gold” open access journal from SAGE. Publishing original research and review articles in an interactive, OA format, SAGE Open spans the breadth and depth of the social sciences, behavioral sciences and humanities and is the first journal of its kind dedicated to these fields.

Unlike traditional journals, SAGE Open does not limit content

due to page budgets or thematic significance. Rather, SAGE Open evaluates the scientific and research methods of each article for validity and accepts articles solely on the basis of the research. This approach allows readers greater access and gives them the power to determine the significance of each article through SAGE Open’s interactive comments feature and article- level usage metrics. Likewise, by

not restricting papers to a narrow discipline, SAGE Open facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers, whether within or between disciplines. By expanding its scope beyond the boundaries of any one subject area, it allows for the discovery of new connections by and between researchers, readers, papers and disciplines.

Utilising new Drupal based technology, the SAGE Open site

range of different, emerging or interdisciplinary disciplines. At the IET, we believe that all sound research deserves a home. Naturally, The Journal of Engineering maintains the same emphasis on rigorous and rapid peer-review as the IET’s other research and letters journals, but it also allows for publication of non-standard paper types. Examples include null or negative results, which other journals believe would negatively affect

their impact factor, despite the importance of such results, or case studies of new and emerging technology. As standard, all IET journals offer a choice of Creative Commons licences for publishing, which allow authors to maintain copyright of their work, and choose varying degrees of access and use by others. We believe that the significance of all research is ultimately judged by the individual reading the

article and the community as a whole and that no scientifically sound article should go unpublished. For this reason, we encourage you to set your research free and publish with The Journal of Engineering.

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