The IEEE requires transfers of copyright from the authors to the IEEE. The Copyright Page of the IEEE Home Page contains an electronic version of the IEEE Copyright Form (in HTML, PDF, MS Word and WordPerfect file formats). Authors must submit a single paper copy of this form, completed, with their contribution.
It may be helpful to clarify the area of authors' reuse rights of material copyrighted by the IEEE. Normally, whenever another publisher approaches the IEEE for rights to republish IEEE-copyrighted material, a standard republication fee is required of the publisher. For the August 1996 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Education, the IEEE Education Society asked, and received, permission to have this particular requirement for a republication fee waived for the authors (only).
Many questions about copyright issues are addressed in the IEEE Copyright Policies for the New Publishing and Communications Technologies. The following excerpts are especially important for contributors:
A hard copy preprint may be an article which an author and/or company wishes to distribute, but which either 1) has been only recently submitted for review, or 2) has been reviewed and accepted but not yet published. Hard copy preprints must carry the following notice on the first page of the reproduction:
Upon submitting an article to the IEEE for review and possible publication, the author must add the following notice to the first screen of any of his/her posted electronic preprint versions of the paper:
When IEEE accepts the work for publication, the author must add the IEEE copyright notice [shown under Copyright Notice, below] to any previously posted electronic versions of the particular paper submitted and provide IEEE with the electronic address (URL, ftp address, etc.) of the primary electronic posting.
When IEEE publishes the work, the author must replace the previous electronic version of the accepted paper with either 1) the full citation to the IEEE work or 2) the IEEE-published version, including the IEEE copyright notice and full citation. Prior or revised versions of the paper must not be represented as the published version.
The following copyright notice must be displayed on the first page of any hard copy reproduction of the IEEE-copyrighted material or on the initial screen displaying the IEEE-copyrighted material electronically:
Questions about copyright issues should be directed to:
William J. Hagen, Manager
Copyrights and Trademarks
IEEE Service Center
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331
phone: 908 562-3966
fax: 908 981-8062