Author Ethics

Understand the ethical guidelines of being a conference author.


Follow this checklist to ensure that your paper meets all ethical requirements.

  • Double-check that everyone listed as an author meets the IEEE authorship definition, and no one who meets the definition is omitted
  • Cite previous publications correctly and avoid plagiarism
  • Only include citations that significantly contribute to your paper

Definition of Authorship

Who should be listed as an author on your paper? IEEE’s definition of authorship will help you answer that question and clarify each author’s responsibilities.

IEEE considers individuals who meet all of the following criteria to be authors:

  1. Made a significant intellectual contribution to the theoretical development, system or experimental design, prototype development, and/or the analysis and interpretation of data associated with the work contained in the paper;
  2. Contributed to drafting the paper or reviewing and/or revising it for intellectual content;
  3. Approved the final version of the article as accepted for publication, including references.
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Proper Citation Practices

Always cite your sources. Citation is required in several instances. Follow these guidelines:

  • Direct quotation: place verbatim text from another source in quotation marks, or indented text for longer quotes, and include a citation to the original source
  • Paraphrase or summary: include a citation when restating or summarizing information from another source, including ideas, processes, arguments, or conclusions
  • Data, research results, information, graphics, or tables: cite the original source when referring to, adapting, or reusing any information from another source

Note that the same rules apply to your own previously published work.… Read More >

What is Plagiarism?

IEEE defines plagiarism as the use of another’s ideas, processes, results, or words without explicitly acknowledging the original author and source. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered a serious breach of professional conduct, with potentially severe ethical and legal consequences.… Read More >

Report Data Accurately

As an author, keep in mind that readers of your paper rely on you to communicate your research findings fully and accurately. Ensure they see the full picture by avoiding fabrication, falsification, and image manipulation during your research and when you are writing or revising your paper.… Read More >

Your Responsibilities and Rights


As an IEEE author, you must ensure that your conference paper is an original work of the listed authors and is not previously published or currently submitted to any other publication.… Read More >