IEEE supports article sharing and provides detailed policies for posting at the various stages of the article life cycle, as described in the IEEE Author Center. IEEE’s article sharing and posting policies vary depending on the stage of the article’s lifecycle. An overview of the lifecycle and different licenses can be found here
Prior to submission
- Prior to submission to an IEEE publication: authors may post their article anywhere, including on preprint servers such as TechRxiv.org or arXiv.org. Posting on a preprint server does not count as prior publication because copyright is not transferred to the preprint server.
- Upon submission to an IEEE publication: authors may share or post the submitted version of the article (also known as a preprint) on their own personal website, their employer’s website, their institutional or funder website, and on scholarly collaboration networks that are signatories to the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers’ Sharing Principles. The submitted version can be used in the author’s teaching duties. The following text should be included on the first page of the submitted article when it is posted in any of the above outlets: “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 by an IEEE publication: any previously posted versions on the author’s personal website, the author’s employer’s website, TechRxiv.org, arXiv.org, or the funder’s repository* must be replaced with the accepted version. If the author completes a copyright form, the accepted article should include the IEEE copyright notice (© 20XX IEEE). The posted article must be removed completely from any other third-party servers. When the article is published, the posted version should be updated with a full citation to the original IEEE publication, including DOI. No other changes may be made to the accepted article.
Standard IEEE Copyright Form
- Final article published under standard IEEE Copyright Form: the author may not post the final published article online.
Creative Commons Attribution License
- Final article published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCBY): the author and any third party may post, share, and use the final published article anywhere, without permission.
Public Access Mandates
- IEEE policy provides that authors are free to follow public access mandates to post accepted articles in funding agency repositories. When posting in a funding agency repository, the time from article publication on the IEEE Xplore digital library to availability of the article to the public through the repository (the “embargo period”) is 24 months. However, IEEE recognizes that posting requirements and embargo periods vary by funder, and IEEE authors may comply with requirements to deposit their accepted manuscripts in funding agency repositories where the embargo is less than 24 months.