Authors Rights and Responsibilities
IEEE is committed to conveying to its authors a strong understanding of their rights and responsibilities. All papers or abstracts submitted to any IEEE conference or publication must be the original work of the listed authors and must not have been previously published or currently submitted elsewhere. Authors of plagiarizing works may be banned from publishing with any IEEE journal or conference for a period commensurate with the severity of the offense.
The IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office maintains an online collection of documents with definitive answers to questions about publishing policy, including:
- IEEE policy permitting authors to post their papers on the web
- Originality of submitted work (e.g., multiple submission)
- Open access publishing
- Misconduct and accompanying corrective actions (e.g., plagiarism, fraud, etc.)
IEEE Open Access Program
The following are links to important information about plagiarism, how to avoid it when writing a paper, and what actions to take if it is discovered.
Multiple submission and originality of submitted work
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." The following links offer further clarification on IEEE policies on originality of content.
Visit the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office website for information on a range of IPR-related topics, such as trademarks, plagiarism, multiple submission, and permissions.
The PSPB Operations Manual (PDF, 1 MB) provides information on policy and procedures for publishing volunteers, as well as IEEE authors.
An FAQ on Intellectual Property Rights for IEEE Authors (PDF, 397 KB) brings together key information for IEEE policy that all authors need to know.
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