Checklist for Choosing Your Publishing Agreement

Choose what works for you.

Walk through these steps to determine which agreement meets your needs.

  • Check with your funder if you are required to publish open access. Some funders have specific requirements such as an open access Creative Commons (CC BY) license.
  • If open access is not required by your grant funder, you may decide to publish your article in the traditional method via copyright transfer. Keep in mind that publishing your article via open access will require that you pay article processing charges.
  • If you decide to publish open access, you may choose between the IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement and the CC BY license. Review the terms of each option and determine which is best for you.