All papers from IFAC meetings (where IFAC is the main sponsor) will be published, in partnership with Elsevier, the IFAC Publisher, on a dedicated web site. The name of the site is IFAC-PapersOnLine.net. All papers published on the web site can be cited using the site ISSN, the event ISBN, and the individual paper DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
The IFAC-PapersOnLine.net web site is an on-line archive including papers from IFAC Symposia, Congresses, Conferences, and most Workshops. The site has been developed as a partnership between IFAC and Elsevier, the IFAC Publisher.
Professor Juan de la Puente from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for IFAC PapersOnLine.
The IFAC-PapersOnLine.net website has the following main features:
- Open Access in nature – no charge to individual for reading or downloading, up to a limit of 25 papers per calendar month.
- All papers actually presented at the meeting are published on the site in PDF format - searchable and citable using the existing IFAC Proceedings ISSN, the event ISBN, and the individual Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).
- While Elsevier is funding the site creation, maintenance costs will be initially subsidized by the IFAC treasury. The IFAC Council has approved full subsidy until 2010. In the future organisers may be required to pay a small one-time fee per uploaded paper.
- The site is non-profit – all money taken into the site will be used for on-going site maintenance.
- Backfiles of IFAC technical meeting papers that are now available in electronic form can be added to the site.
- In addition to providing their papers to the IFAC-PapersOnLine.net, organizers may produce preprints of their meeting in any form and even for later distribution if they wish, provided these materials do not carry an ISBN or any other kind of publication code.
- The IFAC Organisers' Guide has been updated to include some changes in the publication procedures reflecting the new structure. A document on publication requirements has been prepared for the use of event editors.
The site will be further tailored to suit the needs of IFAC and additional features such as automated copyright transfer are being considered.
Some of the benefits of the new online archive include:
- Papers can be searched, cited, and individually downloaded.
- Organisers will be given a time-window to submit material to the site which means that organizers can determine when the papers will be released to ensure that conference attendance is not negatively affected. IFAC policy requires that all papers will appear on the site shortly after the meeting at the latest.
- Copyright of all papers will belong to IFAC and must be referenced if derivative journal papers are produced from the conference papers.
- Papers from IFAC meetings prior to 2007 may be added if desired and already in electronic form, provided the review process was organized according to the IFAC rules (full papers have been peer-reviewed).