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What is Plagiarism?

Learn how to avoid 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 (IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual, Section 8.2.1.B.7.). Follow proper citation practices to avoid plagiarism.

All papers are checked for plagiarism before publication in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

Publish original research

When submitting your paper for publication, it should:

  • Contain original research that has not been published before.
  • Not be submitted to any other publication while you await a peer review decision.

IEEE recognizes that technical research often follows an evolutionary publishing process. For example, research may be published first as a conference paper with preliminary findings, and then as a journal article with fully developed research and conclusions. IEEE supports this process provided that:

  1. The paper undergoes standard peer review every time it is submitted to a conference or publication.
  2. The later version of the article contains substantially more technical information than the earlier version.
  3. The later version cites the earlier version and clearly indicates how the two versions differ.

Source: IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual, Section 8.1.7.E.

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