Post-Publication Policies

After your article is published, there are article sharing and posting policies all authors need to understand to be in compliance with IEEE copyright policy. It is also important to understand IEEE’s policies on correcting metadata and removing access to content in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.  Learn about IEEE’s position on text and data mining as well as IEEE’s relationship with Portico and Interlibrary Loan. 

Posting Your Journal Article

Understand the IEEE article sharing and posting policies for each stage of the article life cycle.

Definitions

Preprint

Authors who have submitted or plan to submit their articles to IEEE may post their preprints in the following locations:

IEEE does not consider this to be a form of prior publication. The following statement must be included on the initial screen:

“This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible.”

Upon acceptance of the article by IEEE, the preprint article must be replaced with the accepted version, as described in the section “Accepted article.”

Author-submitted article

Authors may share or post their author-submitted article in the following ways:

Unless the work is submitted as an open access article or with a U.S. Government, EU, or Crown copyright, IEEE must be credited as the copyright holder with the following statement included on the initial screen displaying IEEE-copyrighted material:

“© 20XX IEEE.  Personal use of this material is permitted.  Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.”

For articles under U.S. Government, EU, or Crown copyright protection, authors must follow the copyright holder’s requirements.

Upon publication of the article by IEEE, the author must replace the posted author-submitted article with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work with the DOI, or (2) the accepted version of the article with the DOI.  No other changes may be made to the accepted article.

IEEE authors can access their author-submitted articles in the Completed Articles tab of the IEEE Author Gateway.

Accepted article

Authors may share or post their accepted article in the following locations:

Once accepted by IEEE, the posted article must be removed from any other third-party servers.

Unless the work is submitted as an open access article or with a U.S. Government, EU, or Crown copyright, IEEE must be credited as the copyright holder with the following statement included on the initial screen displaying IEEE-copyrighted material:

“© 20XX IEEE.  Personal use of this material is permitted.  Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.”

For articles under U.S. Government, EU, or Crown copyright protection, authors must follow the copyright holder’s requirements.

*IEEE policy provides that authors are free to follow funder public access mandates to post accepted articles in repositories. When posting in a repository, the IEEE embargo period is 24 months. However, IEEE recognizes that posting requirements and embargo periods vary by funder. IEEE authors may comply with requirements to deposit their accepted manuscripts in a repository per funder requirements where the embargo is less than 24 months. 

Final published article

For articles that are not published under an open access license and that use the standard IEEE Copyright Form, the author may not post the final published article online, but may:

Unless the work is submitted with a U.S. Government, EU, or Crown copyright, IEEE must be credited as the copyright holder with the following statement included on the initial screen displaying IEEE-copyrighted material:

“© 20XX IEEE.  Personal use of this material is permitted.  Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.”

For articles under U.S. Government, EU, or Crown copyright protection, authors must follow the copyright holder’s requirements.

Any third-party reuse requires permission from IEEE. Contact copyrights@ieee.org for more information.

For articles that are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY):

Article proof

The article proof that the author receives for approval between acceptance and publication may not be posted online.

More information

Correcting Metadata in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

Excerpted from the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, Section 8.1.10.

  1. If an error is discovered within the metadata records for periodicals, conferences proceedings, standards, press books, educational courses, or multimedia files contained on IEEE Xplore, a request for correcting the error may be submitted to the Staff Executive – Publications. Requests shall identify the error, recommend an appropriate correction to the metadata, and provide a statement of justification for correcting the error. Acceptable requests include, but are not limited to, an author name is either missing from or spelled incorrectly; author affiliation is incorrect or missing; title of publication is incorrect; author order is incorrect; publication has missing text; publication has missing or incorrect graphics or figures; publication has an error in publication identifiers (DOI, ISSN or ISBN); and publication has been truncated or is missing pages. Such requests should be verifiable from comparing original submissions with the published work or the requester has provided sufficient documentation to justify the correction. Unacceptable requests are those that alter the author’s original intent of the article, or that involve a possible breach of publications policy.
  2. The IEEE Executive Director has designated that the Staff Executive – Publications shall assign the investigation, confirmation, and correction of IEEE Xplore metadata to staff within the IEEE Publications department. Staff shall establish criteria and guidelines for correcting author metadata records in IEEE Xplore. Verification of errors shall include review and approval by the authoritative individual or body behind the publication record (such as the Editor-in-Chief, conference organizer, organizational unit, etc.). These criteria and guidelines, and changes thereto, shall be approved by PSPB before application.
  3. If an error is confirmed using the established criteria and guidelines staff shall modify the IEEE metadata record itself and add an annotation to the bibliographic view in IEEE Xplore to describe the correction for the user. The full-text document (e.g., PDF) associated to the metadata shall not be changed.
  4. In the event a case cannot be resolved, the Vice President – Publication Services and Products shall be the officer authorized to determine a resolution. The resolution shall be final and not subject to appeal.
  5. Staff of the IEEE Publications department shall provide information at the last PSPB meeting of the calendar year summarizing actions taken during the immediate past 12 months.

Removing Access to Content in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Excerpted from the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, Section 8.1.11.

    1. Under an extraordinary situation, it may be desirable to remove access to the content in IEEE Xplore for a specific article, standard, or press book. Removal of access shall only be considered in rare instances, and examples include, but are not limited to, a fraudulent article, a duplicate copy of the same article, a draft version conference article, a direct threat of legal action, and an article published without copyright transfers. Requests for removal may be submitted to the Staff Executive – Publications. Such requests shall identify the publication and provide a detailed justification for removing access.
    2. The IEEE Executive Director has designated that the Staff Executive – Publications shall assign the investigation and validation of requests, and removal of metadata access to staff within the IEEE Publications department. Staff shall establish criteria and guidelines for this process. Validation of requests shall include review and approval by the authoritative individual or body behind the publication record (such as the Editor-in-Chief, conference organizer, organizational unit, etc.). These criteria and guidelines, and changes thereto, shall be approved by PSPB before application. The final decision for removal, however, shall remain with the Vice President – Publication Services and Products.
    3. If the request is validated and approved by the Vice President – Publication Services and Products, staff shall take the following actions:
      1. The original metadata record shall be retained, but staff shall annotate the record with a note regarding the status of access to the full-text document.
      2. The full-text document (e.g., PDF) associated to the metadata shall be handled with one of the following two actions, depending on the results of the investigation and evaluation.
        1. Remove original full-text document and replace with a new notice that states the reason for removal; or
        2. Retain original full-text PDF, but annotate with comments regarding the disposition of the claim.
    4. The Vice President – Publication Services and Products shall be the officer authorized to determine a resolution. The resolution shall be final and not subject to appeal.
    5. Staff of the IEEE Publications department shall document each instance for record keeping, as well as provide an information report at the last PSPB meeting of the calendar year about actions taken during the immediate past 12 months.

Text and Data Mining

IEEE permits non-commercial text and data mining of articles published open access with either the Open Access Publishing Agreement (OAPA) or the Creative Commons license (CC BY). No permission is required for non-commercial mining of open access articles.

Mining for commercial purposes or mining of non-open access content requires permission from IEEE. Contact pubs-permissions@ieee.org for further information.

IEEE and Portico

IEEE partners with Portico, a not-for-profit “dark archive” that preserves digital publications, including IEEE articles.  Visit Portico to learn more.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

IEEE allows Licensees and Authorized Users to deliver a reasonable number of copies of Articles (including through use of Ariel or a substantially similar interlibrary loan transmission software) to fulfill requests from non-commercial, academic libraries located within the same country as Licensee; provided, however, that such practice:

      1. complies with Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act and the guidelines developed by the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU Guidelines); and
      2. does not result in systematic reproduction of the Licensed Products, any journal or issue of a journal, any Article, or any portion of the foregoing.

Currently, interlibrary loan (ILL) is only available in the Academic License Agreement.

If you have any questions, please contact the IEEE Customer Center at onlinesupport@ieee.org.