What is plagiarism?
Is there an acceptable, minimum-level of copying where crediting the original is not required?
Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences.
If I should discover an example of suspected plagiarism in an IEEE publication, where can I find information that will help me determine my best next step?
1) A marked copy of your original paper showing the specific text that was reused
2) A marked copy of the paper in which your uncredited work appears highlighting your specific text
3) A written description of the alleged misconduct
4) Copies of any communications you might have already had with the "authors" who may have misused your work.
Once you have collected all the necessary material, you should submit your case to the editor of the publication (or the sponsoring IEEE Society of the publication) in which the misconduct occurred. If the contact information for the editor is unavailable, you should send your claim to the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office (see below).
If you are an IEEE reader and have discovered an apparent case of inappropriate copying, you should contact the editor of the publication or the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office.
As an IEEE volunteer editor, I'm concerned about the potentially explosive nature of plagiarism. Is IEEE prepared to support me in the event an alleged plagiarist should respond with a threatened lawsuit?
Do the Guidelines make any distinction between plagiarism found in a journal, magazine or conference proceedings?
Except where statements are limited to a specific publication type, Section 8.2 applies to all IEEE publications.
What are the levels of misconduct described in the Guidelines?
What if the review of a claim results in a decision that plagiarism did occur?
There are several possible Corrective Actions that are available. Depending on the level of misconduct, one or all may be applied:
Is there more information on the subject?
Who should I contact if I have questions?
If contact information for the sponsoring Society's editor or Publications VP is not readily available, send inquiries to:
Bill Hagen, Manager
IEEE Intellectual Property Rights
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08855
Phone: +1 732 562 3966