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:
The IEEE Publication Services & Products Board has approved revisions to IEEE's author posting policy (Section 8.1.9 of the PSPB Operations Manual). The revised policy reaffirms the principle that authors are free to post the accepted version of their articles on their personal web sites or those of their employers. (Authors of IEEE open access articles may freely post the final version of their papers.) The policy provides that IEEE will make available to each author a pre-print version of that person's article that includes the Digital Object Identifier, IEEE’s copyright notice, and a notice showing the article has been accepted for publication. The policy also states that authors are allowed to post versions of their articles on approved third-party servers that are operated by not-for-profit organizations.
In August 2010, the IEEE Board of Directors approved a five-point statement on Open Access and Public Access (PDF, 71 KB) to engage the organization in the continuing public dialogue on open access scholarly publishing. The statement authorized the extension of an open access option for authors to select for their submitted articles.
Since that time, all IEEE transactions, journals, and letters offer a "hybrid" publishing option and have been accepting author-pays, open access article submissions. Initially, authors who opted to submit open access articles were asked to complete an IEEE Open Access Copyright Form, but now they may choose between the IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement (PDF, 113 KB), or the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Both options allow authors' papers to be openly accessible on IEEE Xplore® and permits authors to post the final, published version of their papers on their own web sites.
IEEE also has introduced a rapid-decision, open access mega journal spanning all IEEE fields of interest, entitled IEEE Access. All articles will be author-pays and will also require authors to sign the IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement or confirm the Creative Commons Attribution License. IEEE Access is designed to be inclusive in scope and application focused. The journal is fully open access and will be available online only.
Along with IEEE Access, IEEE also offers fully OA topical journals. These include:
IEEE Photonics Journal
IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society
IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits
IEEE Life Sciences Letters
IEEE Nanotechnology Express
IEEE Power and Energy Technology Systems Journal
Authors who are interested in IEEE's Open Access program may also wish to read IEEE's Principles of Scholarly Publishing, which were reviewed and adopted by the IEEE Board of Directors in November 2007 and provide additional information about IEEE's position on open access publishing.
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.
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.
Additional policy information for authors, editors, and conference organizers is available on the Publication Tools and Policy Page.
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.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:
IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: +1 732 562 3966