Choose a Publishing Agreement

Understand the differences between different publishing options.

IEEE offers three options to fit your needs:

  • The IEEE Copyright Form transfers the author’s copyright to IEEE and protects the article from possible abuses such as plagiarism
  • The IEEE Open Access Publishing Agreement (OAPA) transfers the author’s copyright to IEEE but allows for universal free online access to the article and protection from commercial use
  • The Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) allows authors to retain copyright; the article is available via universal free online access but is not protected from possible abuses such as plagiarism

Note that OAPA and CC BY are only available when publishing open access.