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Author submitting manuscripts for review to ComSoc publications should be aware of the IEEE policy on "Electronic Preprints." The policy particularly applies to authors who post part or all of a submitted manuscript on a Web site. This policy is found in the Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, in Section 8.1.10B, that is, Electronic Preprints. Upon submitting an article to the IEEE for review and possible publication, the author must add the following notice to the first screen of any of his/her previously posted electronic preprint versions of the paper: "This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible."

When IEEE accepts the work for publication, the author must add the IEEE copyright notice shown in Section 8.1.10A above to any previously posted electronic versions of the particular paper submitted and provide IEEE with the electronic address (URL, ftp address, etc.) of the primary electronic posting.

When IEEE publishes the work, the author must replace the previous electronic version of the accepted paper with either (1) the full citation to the IEEE work or (2) the IEEE-published version, including the IEEE copyright notice and full citation. Prior or revised versions of the paper must not be represented as the published version.