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We are in process of finalizing a draft for submission to a good venue for publication (Comp. Sc.). I have never published in IEEE Transactions, though I have a paper under review with one of them. I note that the majority of the IEEE articles have membership details besides the author name.

Questions:

  • Do you need to be a member of the IEEE in order to publish in one of the transactions?
  • If not, do reviewers perceive articles submitted by non-members less favourably?

Note: I am already a member of ACM and its specialized groups. I don't see any reason to join IEEE just to add something with my name in the article.

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  • Is IEEE reputable? how can I know and check that? – SSimon Jun 7 '17 at 3:11
  • @SSimon are you asking as a whole bunch or a specific venue sponsored or published by IEEE? – Coder Jun 7 '17 at 8:44
  • @Coder I am very confused by IEEE, I first heard it on here, this website, now my graduate school updated regulation and accept ISI, SCOPUS, PubMed and IEEE indexing, I dont understand how much they are reliable, even they claim they are peer reviewed, they seem to have low impact, but if possible I find journal that is interesting for me to publish there – SSimon Jun 8 '17 at 5:13
  • @SSimon until and unless your measure of reliability and low-impact defined, it is difficult to answer. Ask as a separate question. – Coder Jun 8 '17 at 5:53
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Simple answer: no. I'm not an IEEE member and none of my coauthors are, but we regularly publish in the IEEE transactions.

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    The only place that looks like it is an advantage of being a member of is PNAS. – Captain Emacs Jun 6 '17 at 18:23
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    @Coder I'm not familiar with transactions on computer science, but in many years I've never heard anyone complaining about such kind of discrimination. Of course, there can be a few reviewers willing to discriminate non-IEEE members -because there can be idiots everywhere- but I'm sure they are rare. – Massimo Ortolano Jun 6 '17 at 19:28
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    One certainly does not have to be a member of IEEE. Although, if one commonly publishes in IEEE journals, then it seems that you would be involved in areas of importance to other IEEE member, a community of practice in some sense. So, why should one not be a member of IEEE if you work in that area and commonly communicate with that group of folks? – Jon Custer Jun 6 '17 at 21:11
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    I'm also not a member of IEEE and regularly publishes in IEEE transactions. You can also see some IEEE Fellows who became an IEEE member only after they received said recognition.. – Prof. Santa Claus Jun 6 '17 at 21:48
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    @jakebeal - No, I understand. But, if you are an ACM member and publish primarily in IEEE (or vice versa) one might want to reconsider. As a material scientist, do I join APS, MRS, AVS, ... - well, you pick one or two and see how it goes and if you specialty veers a bit you might shift around over time. – Jon Custer Jun 7 '17 at 2:46

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