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What rights do I retain as an author?


As an author, you retain rights for a large number of author uses, including use by your employing institute or company. These rights are retained and permitted without the need to obtain specific permission from UbiCC. These include:

  • the right to make copies of the article for your own personal use, including for your own classroom teaching use;

  • the right to make copies and distribute copies (including through e-mail) of the article to research colleagues, for the personal use by such colleagues (but not commercially or systematically, e.g. via an e-mail list or list serve);

  • the right to post a pre-print version of the article on Internet web sites including electronic pre-print servers, and to retain indefinitely such version on such servers or sites (see also our information on electronic preprints for a more detailed discussion on these points.);

  • the right to post a revised personal version of the text of the final article (to reflect changes made in the peer review process) on the author's personal or institutional web site or server, with a link to the journal home page (on External link;

  • the right to present the article at a meeting or conference and to distribute copies of such paper or article to the delegates attending the meeting;

  • for the author’s employer, if the article is a ‘work for hire’, made within the scope of the author’s employment, the right to use all or part of the information in (any version of) the article for other intra-company use (e.g. training);

  • patent and trademark rights and rights to any process or procedure described in the article;

  • the right to include the article in full or in part in a thesis or dissertation (provided that this is not to be published commercially);

  • the right to use the article or any part thereof in a printed compilation of works of the author, such as collected writings or lecture notes (subsequent to publication of the article in the journal); and

  • the right to prepare other derivative works, to extend the article into book-length form, or to otherwise re-use portions or excerpts in other works, with full acknowledgement of its original publication in the journal.


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