Avoid Infringement upon IEEE Copyright

Learn when and how to get permission to reuse IEEE material.

As a general rule, you will need to request permission to reproduce content published by IEEE. This may include any text, graphics, tables, or other material from an IEEE publication. Permission can be requested and approved online in minutes through IEEE’s partnership with RightsLink®, the automated permission granting service from the Copyright Clearance Center. Click Request Permissions on the Abstract page of the article in IEEE Xplore® Digital Library to submit your permission request via RightsLink.

Requesting permissions

Illustration of how to request permissions in IEEE Xplore

The answers to some frequent permissions questions are included below. Further questions may be directed to pubs-permissions@ieee.org.

Can I reuse material from a previous article I published with IEEE?

As an author of an IEEE-copyrighted article, you may reuse all or portions of that article in another work without requesting permission from IEEE, provided that the original article is cited appropriately and includes the IEEE copyright line: © 20XX IEEE.

Can I reuse my published article in my thesis?

You may reuse your published article in your thesis or dissertation without requesting permission provided that you fulfill the following requirements, depending on which aspects of the article you wish to reuse.

  • Text excerpts: Provide the full citation of the original published article followed by the IEEE copyright line: © 20XX IEEE. If you are reusing a substantial portion of your article and you are not the senior author, obtain the senior author’s approval before reusing the text.
  • Graphics and tables: The IEEE copyright line (© 20XX IEEE) should appear with each reprinted graphic and table.
  • Full text article: Include the following copyright notice in the references: “© 20XX IEEE. Reprinted, with permission, from [full citation of original published article]. “

When posting your thesis on your university website, include the following message:

“In reference to IEEE copyrighted material which is used with permission in this thesis, the IEEE does not endorse any of [name of university or educational entity]’s products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. If interested in reprinting/republishing IEEE copyrighted material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution, please go to http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/rights/rights_link.html to learn how to obtain a License from RightsLink. If applicable, University Microfilms and/or ProQuest Library, or the Archives of Canada may supply single copies of the dissertation.”

Only the accepted version of your article, not the final published version, may be posted online in your thesis.

Do I need permission to republish in another language?

Yes, you will need to request a license that includes translation rights. Use the RightsLink procedure outlined above to submit the request. The license you receive from RightsLink will include guidelines and a disclaimer to be displayed on the translated article.

Do I need permission to reuse IEEE material in another IEEE publication?

You may reuse small portions of text (up to several paragraphs) and graphics from one IEEE publication in another, provided that you provide full citation to the original article. Contact pubs-permissions@ieee.org if you wish to reuse larger portions.

Where can I post my published article?

See our policy on posting your article for detailed information.