FAQ on Submitting Papers to IEEE under a Creative Commons Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivatives License (CCBY-NC-ND)

1. What is a Creative Commons Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivatives License (CCBY- NC-ND)?

CCBY-NC-ND is an open access publishing license that allows authors to retain ownership of the copyright for their work while granting all users permission to publish and distribute the work. Authors should visit the Creative Commons web page to understand the full terms of the CCBY-NC-ND, which is nonexclusive, applies to all potential users, and grants users rights to distribute the work without obtaining explicit permission from the author. However, under CCBY-NC-ND the reuse cannot be for commercial purposes or change the work in any way.

2. Who is entitled to use the CCBY-NC-ND license with an IEEE article?

Any author who pays an article processing charge (APC) for open access publishing status will be entitled to use the CCBY-NC-ND license.

3. What are the Terms & Conditions of IEEE Authors’ Use of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCBY-NC-ND)?

Authors submitting a manuscript who opt for a CCBY-NC-ND license are required to accept the Terms & Conditions of IEEE in order for their paper to be published and posted in Xplore.

Authors who choose to submit under a CCBY-NC-ND license will be subject to the publishing policies and procedures of the IEEE. For example, authors must:

  • warrant that their papers meet the provisions of the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual covering originality, authorship, and author responsibilities
  • further warrant that, to the extent their papers incorporate text passages, figures, data or other material from the works of others, they have obtained all necessary third-party permissions
  • consent to having their work submitted to a plagiarism detection tool and to be bound by IEEE policies concerning plagiarism and author misconduct.

4. What steps will authors need to take in order to submit a manuscript to IEEE under a CCBY-NC-ND license?

Authors who want to submit their manuscripts under a CCBY-NC-ND license, or whose research has been supported by any funding agency and who are now required to submit their manuscripts under a CCBY-NC-ND license, should complete the electronic IEEE Copyright Form (eCF), and select the CCBY-NC-ND license. If authors accidentally select another publishing option, or they were unable to complete the eCF, they should provide a letter or email to the editorial staff or the IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Office at copyrights@ieee.org, in which letter they should clearly state their interest in submitting their manuscript under a CCBY-NC-ND license. The letter should also provide basic information about the manuscript (e.g., author names, article title, and IEEE publication title to which the manuscript is being submitted). Authors will receive an acceptance letter indicating that the CCBY-NC-ND license has been approved.

5. Will authors be allowed to provide the published versions of their articles to their funding agencies?

Under a CCBY-NC-ND license, authors are allowed to distribute the published versions of their OA articles however they choose, including to their funding agencies or institutional repositories.

6. How will readers/users know that an article has been published under a CCBY-NC-ND license?

Instead of the traditional IEEE copyright notice at the bottom of the first page of the published article, readers will see an explicit statement indicating the OA status of the article, such as “This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 License.”

7. What should authors do if they have more questions about IEEE’s OA policies and procedures?

Authors with questions or concerns about IEEE’s copyright policies should contact the Intellectual Property Rights Office at copyrights@ieee.org.