RightsLink is a service that provides licenses for the reproduction and distribution of IEEE copyrighted material in print and electronic formats on behalf of the IEEE. RightsLink offers users the opportunity to obtain near-instant rights to reuse IEEE-copyrighted material in books, journals, magazines, newsletters, CD- or DVD-ROMs, brochures/pamphlets, coursepacks and classrooms.

This service is quickly accessed directly through IEEE Xplore. With RightsLink, you will be able to:

  • Establish an account
  • Get online permissions
  • Obtain instant price quotes
  • Receive email confirmation
  • Have the ability to track your order
  • View your account information

Getting started

Once you have found the article of interest to you, click on the “Request Permissions” link located under the bibliographic information provided. In doing so, you will be directed to the RightsLink reuse licensing service.

Here you can choose your permission requirements from a menu of drop down choices, and you can receive an immediate price quote. Users also have the ability to obtain a license to translate IEEE’s articles into the language of your choice, and be able to purchase your licenses from a menu of four currencies.

Helpful resources

When you visit the RightsLink site for the first time, you will need to create a RightsLink account. If you already have a RightsLink account, simply enter your RightsLink User ID and Password.

If your institution has an IEEE Online Subscription, you are encouraged to review the terms and conditions for licensing options that may already be provided to you. If you are not sure of what those options are, please check with your librarian or information professional to obtain that information.  

If you require assistance with RightsLink, please contact customercare@copyright.com. If you have inquiries about licensing IEEE content, please contact discoveryservices@ieee.org .

For all other permissions-related inquiries, please write to pubs-permissions@ieee.org.