IEEE Unveils Cheaper Option for IEEE Xplore Subscriptions

A new subscription model offers limited downloads for US $15 per month

6 October 2010

IEEE is now offering members a lower cost subscription to the IEEE Xplore digital library. The Member Digital Library Basic subscription option, introduced in September, offers three full-text article downloads per month for a monthly fee of US $15. Subscribers can roll over unused downloads for up to 12 months.

The new subscription model was introduced because members asked for it and after IEEE had analyzed the usage patterns of members’ digital library subscriptions, according to Karen L. Hawkins, IEEE director of product management. The Member Digital Library was launched in 2003 to provide members with access to IEEE Xplore, which now contains more than 2.7 million documents from 149 journal titles and 900 annual IEEE conferences. It includes all IEEE articles dating back to 1989, with some from as long ago as 1893.

The original subscription offers 25 downloads per month for $35. “The new option gives more members the opportunity to stay current in technology by providing access to vital IEEE research at a lower price,” Hawkins says.

“Through research and member feedback,” IEEE direct marketing manager Angela Trilli adds, “IEEE found a way to provide a subscription for members who read just a few IEEE articles a month and don’t need to download as many as 25 articles.”

The original IEEE Member Digital Library and the new IEEE Member Digital Library Basic subscriptions are designed for personal use and are not available to organizations.

Members can also find find IEEE Member Digital Library Basic in the IEEE Shop catalog, where it is listed in the Digital Libraries section along with its sister subscription, IEEE Member Digital Library.


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