IEEE’s policies on the originality of an author’s work begin with the following simple statement: “Authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another publication.” In addition, the following policies offer further clarification on originality in several different contexts.
From Section 8.2.1.B of the PSPB Operations Manual:
When submitting a manuscript, authors shall disclose whether or not the manuscript has been published previously or if it is still under active consideration by another publication. In addition, if an author submits a manuscript to a non-IEEE publication while that manuscript is under review by IEEE, the author shall immediately notify IEEE about the additional submission.
Except as indicated in IEEE Policy 6.4 (Multiple Publication of Original Technical Material in IEEE Periodicals), authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another publication. If authors have used their own previously published work(s) as a basis for a new submission, they are required to cite the previous work(s) and very briefly indicate how the new submission offers substantive novel contributions beyond those of the previously published work(s). Section 8.2.4.F provides guidelines for handling instances of inappropriate multiple submission and prior publication.
From Section 8.2.4.F of the PSPB Operations Manual:
It is common in technical publishing for material to be presented at various stages of its evolution. As one example, this can take the form of publishing early ideas in a workshop, more developed work in a conference and fully developed contributions as journal or transactions papers. The IEEE recognizes the importance of this evolutionary publication process as a significant means of scientific communication and fully supports this publishing paradigm. At the same time the IEEE requires that this evolutionary process be fully referenced.
From Section 8.2.4.F.2 of the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual:
If author(s), within the evolutionary publishing paradigm, have used their own previously published or submitted material as a basis for a new submission, Section 8.2.1.B.9 requires that the author(s) cite the previous work(s) and very clearly indicate how the new submission differs from the previously published work(s). Guidelines for referencing of author’s previous work are covered in Section 8.2.9.
As described in Section 8.2.1.B.9, authors should only submit original work that has neither appeared elsewhere for publication, nor which is under review for another refereed publication. Multiple submission is defined as a given manuscript being concurrently under active consideration by two or more publications. It is at the discretion of each IEEE Organization Unit whether or not to allow multiple submission. Authors shall inform editors of multiple submissions of manuscripts.
From Section 8.2.9 of the PSPB Operations Manual:
A manuscript submitted for publication to IEEE should be original work submitted to a single IEEE publication. The manuscript should not have been published previously and should not be concurrently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The IEEE assumes that material submitted to its publications is properly available for general dissemination for the readership of those publications. It is the responsibility of the authors, not the IEEE, to determine if disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties. If prior consent is required, then authors must obtain permission prior to manuscript submission.
At times, it may be necessary for authors to reuse portions of their own previously published work or to include another author’s material.