Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences.
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.
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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?
There are several possible Corrective Actions that are available. Depending on the level of misconduct, one or all may be applied:
Publication volunteers who review a Level 1 or Level 2 case may also choose to recommend an author-education course in place of a prohibition from publishing. This option requires approval from the IEEE PSPB Chair.
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, Senior Manager
IEEE Intellectual Property Rights
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08855
Phone: +1 732 562 3966