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Read below for specific information related to the IEEE copyright form and process.


Electronic IEEE Copyright Form

The eCF has been a staple of IEEE’s publishing program since May 2004, and has become the preferred method for authors to complete their publishing agreement with IEEE. The eCF has effectively accomplished the goal of digitally transferring ownership rights of the intellectual property to IEEE, and has also saved significant amounts of time and effort on the part of IEEE authors, volunteers and staff.

The IEEE IPR Office is pleased to offer a new and completely revised electronic copyright form with expanded features that meet the evolving publishing world. The eCF now provides additional publishing agreements for journals, such as the Open Access Publishing Agreement, and the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Authors submitting to hybrid journals will now be given a clear explanation of their publishing options and will have an opportunity to select their preferred publishing model (Traditional or Open Access). The eCF has also added extensive information sidebars throughout the process to help advise authors about each step, and an overall streamlined process.


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Viewable and printable versions of the IEEE Copyright Form

Please use this official form when submitting a manuscript to IEEE: 


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IEEE policy requires that prior to publication all authors or their employers must transfer to the IEEE in writing any copyright they hold for their individual papers. Transferring copyright is a necessary requirement for publication, except for material in the public domain or which is reprinted with permission from a previously published, copyrighted publication.

Upon transferring copyright to IEEE, authors and/or their companies have the right to post their IEEE-copyrighted material on their own servers without permission, provided that the server displays a prominent notice alerting readers to their obligations with respect to copyrighted material and that the posted work includes an IEEE copyright notice.

Authors are particularly encouraged to note the "Author Responsibilities" section of the IEEE Copyright Form, in which portions of IEEE PSPB Operations Manual, section 8.1.1.B (concerning statements in work published by IEEE are the expression of the authors) appear.


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