Reproducing copyrighted material in articles – clearing permissions

The author bears the responsibility for checking whether material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights, e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data. The author will need to obtain permission to reproduce any such items, and include these permissions with their final submission. Where use is so restricted, the Editor/editorial office and Publisher must be informed with the final submission of the material. Please see further guidance on the use of 3rd party materials below. Please add any necessary acknowledgments to the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the accompanying captions.

Using 3rd party material in your article

Copyright

It is our policy to ask all contributors to transfer the copyright in their contribution to the journal owner. There are two broad reasons for this:

  • ownership of copyright by the journal owner facilitates international protection against infringement of copyright, libel or plagiarism;
  • it also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it, in either print or electronic form, are handled efficiently in accordance with our general policy which encourages dissemination of knowledge within the framework of copyright.

As an author and contributor you retain many rights. These are detailed at the link below. The journal mandates the Copyright Clearance Center in the USA and the Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK to offer centralized licensing arrangements for photocopying in their respective territories.

Retained rights