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Welcome to the 16th Edition of the PSPB Quarterly Newsletter.

The IEEE PSPB Quarterly Newsletter was created to help you stay abreast of progress being made in the IEEE Publishing program.


IEEE Media Advertising Center launched

Advertising with IEEE is now significantly easier with the launch of the new IEEE Media Advertising Center. The site features shallower navigation which benefits those viewing it on a tablet. It also uses a cleaner and more streamlined design. Product and Recruitment advertising are segmented at as are the options for advertising with IEEE online or print. There's also a video for those who are interested in learning more about IEEE Media Market Positioning.

A collaborative effort amongst Marketing and Editorial staff, IEEE Pub Tech and Spectrum production along with Falco Design and Interface Guru made this redesign and launch possible. Congratulations to all those who worked on making this a success.


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Increased use of a plagiarism detection tool improves the integrity of IEEE's content in 2012

It’s well-known that plagiarism is a growing concern at both the university and professional levels of scholarly publishing. IEEE is not immune, and a plan is in place to protect the integrity of IEEE’s content with a wider deployment of plagiarism detection tools in 2012.

In 2006, there were just 50 reported cases of plagiarism among manuscripts published by IEEE; by 2010 there were 180 cases, rising to 245 cases in 2011. The absolute number of plagiarism cases is only a tiny fraction of the nearly one-quarter million articles IEEE publishes yearly. These cases are proven to be in flagrant violation of our publishing principles. Plagiarism cases are very time consuming to adjudicate, and IEEE’s plan for early detection of suspect papers will prevent their publication. Policy language and development plans are underway to prepare for screening of that all journal and conference articles published by IEEE.

CrossCheck is a plagiarism detection tool that IEEE has used since 2009. It was developed by the scholarly publishing association CrossRef, using software from iParadigms to compare a submitted manuscript with a database of participating CrossRef members. The tool returns a report that details the manuscript’s similarities to published works (with links to the source material.)

Although access to CrossCheck has been free since mid-2009, only 49 of the 118 IEEE periodicals (42%) have enabled CrossCheck in ScholarOne and only 24 of those periodicals (20%) are actively submitting to CrossCheck. To support the broad deployment of CrossCheck across all IEEE periodicals two full-time employees will be hired. In early 2012 staff from the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Office will begin creating new CrossCheck accounts for all remaining journal titles not yet signed up for the service. A communication strategy to keep all Organizational Units informed and aware of the new policy and processes will be implemented. Staff will also support Editor-in-Chief(s) needing any additional information and assistance.

IEEE will provide full funding and support for CrossCheck. There is no additional cost to the Organizational Units. In IEEE's effort to offer continued ease of use it is anticipated that by third quarter 2012, ScholarOne will develop and implement a fully automated process that will send newly submitted manuscripts directly into CrossCheck.


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PSPB Operations Manual updates—changes to terms of office and definition of a new IEEE publication type

Terms of Office for PSPB Voting Members, Sections 2.2, 4.1 and 4.3 of the PSPB Operations Manual (PDF, 1.07 MB) have been updated to modify the PSPB Positions Terms of Office. Terms of service are now limited to no more than three consecutive years for the Treasurer, Finance Committee, Nominations and Appointments Committee, Operating Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. Under 4.3.1 the terms of office for the IEEE Press Board limit the Editor-in-Chief to a no more than two consecutive two-year terms of service. All other voting members are able to serve three-year terms, and the number of consecutive terms cannot exceed two. The total number of consecutive years of service for combined service as a member and the Editor-in-Chief cannot exceed ten years.

Under Section 4.2.1, the four members representing Publications Services and Products Board who are appointed by the Vice President, Publications Services and Products will serve a one-year term starting 1 January, with reappointment permissible for a maximum tenure of three consecutive years.

New IEEE Publication Type: The IEEE Virtual Journal. Section 8.2.8 of the Operations Manual now defines IEEE Virtual Journals. This new IEEE publication type is an online only journal, made up of a collection of previously published articles with value-added editorial commentary. Articles are based on their relevance to the topic, and selection is decided by an editorial team of experts in the journal's field of interest. IEEE Virtual Journal subscribers will have online access to the full-text PDF articles from the original IEEE publications without the need to subscribe to each individual publication. For more information in regards to PSPB Operations Manual updates contact Pete Morley or Jo Germano.


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IEEE Potentials: Happy 30th birthday

The November/December 2011 issue of IEEE Potentials celebrated the publication’s 30th anniversary with a retrospective article authored by the IEEE History Center and a timeline featuring the major technological advances of the last 30 years. Looking forward, 2009 IEEE President and CEO John Vig and 1994 IEEE President H. Troy Nagle were among those who offered their predictions for the world over the next 30 years in the article “Focusing on Futurist Perspectives.”

Former IEEE Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair Charles Alexander and current SAC Chair Darrel Chong participated in an article discussing the history of the magazine and the importance of Student Members. Alexander, who helped create the publication back in 1982, says, “The most exciting part of the publication of IEEE Potentials was seeing the student membership in IEEE grow in a substantial manner. IEEE Potentials’ longevity and popularity attests to the quality of all the individuals who have contributed to its success over the years.”


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Thank you and happy holidays

It is with sincere wishes that IEEE Publications hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that 2012 is a year filled with good health, happiness, hope, and prosperity. Thank you for all of your efforts in 2011. IEEE is a stronger and more viable organization because of all you do. Your efforts in helping IEEE Publications attain its vision and mission are appreciated!


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