ACM and IEEE Advanced Member Ranks

Gedare Bloom gedare at
Mon Jul 18 19:48:47 UTC 2011

Most publishers (including ACM and IEEE) allow an author to post a
digital version of published material on a personal web site and to
disseminate work freely for non-commercial or private uses.

As non-profit orgs, they both redistribute their revenue back to their
respective members through online resources, student competitions and
scholarships, and conference sponsorship. The ACM redistributes much
of its proceeds from publications back to the special interest groups
that sponsored the work, which then put that money toward the costs of
conferences and future publications. IEEE does more with journals, but
still sponsors many conferences and workshops.  Sponsoring conferences
reduces attendance fees for both authors and participants, ultimately
improving the org's community.

These organizations exist and collect money to promote societal
benefits for its members, including wider dissemination of higher
quality research.

On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM, Joel Sherrill
<joel.sherrill at> wrote:
> On 07/18/2011 01:56 PM, Sebastien Bourdeauducq wrote:
>> On Mon, 2011-07-18 at 11:53 -0500, Joel Sherrill wrote:
>>> ACM and IEEE are the primary professional
>>> organizations that I think we should be
>>> members of.
>> I question the ethics of those organizations at times. They charge you
>> for everything, and do not pay authors, do not pay reviewers and put the
>> resulting content behind pay walls while using copyright law to prevent
>> you from disseminating yourself the results of your own research for
>> which they did not give a single cent.
>> See:
>> and more...
> Traditional professional society and publishing
> model.
> At least in CS and engineering, we
> don't have to pay to get our papers published.
> I recall some life science journals wanting
> "sponsorship".
> --
> Joel Sherrill, Ph.D.             Director of Research&  Development
> joel.sherrill at        On-Line Applications Research
> Ask me about RTEMS: a free RTOS  Huntsville AL 35805
>   Support Available             (256) 722-9985
> _______________________________________________
> rtems-users mailing list
> rtems-users at

More information about the users mailing list