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Author Rights and Copyright: Publisher policies

Information about popular publisher's policies

Publishers have varying policies regarding author rights and what they require to publish.

Below are a list of Publishers popular with CSHL scientists and their policies

Nature Journals

NPG does not require authors of original (primary) research papers to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors grant NPG an exclusive licence to publish, in return for which they can reuse their papers in their future printed work without first requiring permission from the publisher of the journal.

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As a PNAS author, you and your employing institution or company retain extensive rights for use of your materials and intellectual property. You retain these rights and permissions without having to obtain explicit permission from PNAS, provided that you cite the original source.

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Cell Journals (Elsevier)

Authors transfer copyright to Elsevier as part of a journal publishing agreement if not electing to pay an open access publishing fee, but have the right to:

  1. Share their article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes, with a DOI link to the version of record on ScienceDirect (and with the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC- ND license for author manuscript versions)
  2. Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including raw research data).
  3. Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

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ASPB Journals

ASPB requires that Authors sign away all their rights prior to publishing

Oxford University Press Journals

It is a condition of publication in Bioinformatics that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the licence agreement, Authors may use their own material in other publications provided that Bioinformatics is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the Publisher.

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eLife is an Open Access publisher. Authors retain all rights

BioMedCentral Journals

BioMed Central is an Open Access publisher. Authors retain all rights

PLoS Journals

PLOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.

CSHL Press Journals

Authors of articles published by CSHL Press retain copyright on their articles (except for US Government employees) but grant Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press exclusive right to publish the articles. This grant of rights lasts for six months following full-issue publication for all non-Open Access articles and includes the rights to publish, reproduce, distribute, display, and store the article in all formats; to translate the article into other languages; to create adaptations, summaries, extracts, or derivations of the article; and to license others to do any or all of the above.

Authors of articles can reuse their articles in their work as long as the journal is credited as the place of original publication

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AAAS Journals

Before manuscript acceptance, authors must sign a license agreement granting AAAS exclusive rights to use and authorize use of their contribution. The authors retain copyright as well as rights to make certain uses of the work.

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Society for Neuroscience Journals

Copyright of all material published in The Journal of Neuroscience remains with the authors. The authors grant the Society for Neuroscience an exclusive license to publish their work for the first 6 months. After 6 months the work becomes available to the public to copy, distribute, or display under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

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