The IEEE Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Office has received more than 1 million copyright forms through its electronic IEEE Copyright Form (eCF) system. Launched in 2004, the eCF system enables authors to transfer easily and quickly the ownership rights of their intellectual property to IEEE, a requirement before their papers can be published. A fully digital version of the IEEE Copyright Form, the eCF makes the process of assigning copyright less time-consuming and labor-intensive for authors and more efficient for publication editors than the old-fashioned way with paper.
Last year alone, more than 200 000 copyright forms were submitted through the eCF system. At this pace IEEE expects to receive 2 million by early 2016, according to Bill Hagen, manager of the IPR Office, in Piscataway, N.J. It also helps that the eCF system is integrated with the ScholarOne Manuscript submission system, which makes it easier for authors to find and fill out.
“Although a majority of journal editors and conference organizers have opted to use the eCF rather than the paper IEEE copyright form, many conference organizers have yet to take advantage of this important tool,” Hagen says.
“The IPR Office encourages editors to help mark this milestone by spreading the word to colleagues and other volunteer editors about the benefits of using eCF,” he adds.