Please find below a selection of Frequently Asked Questions relating to Copyrighting Rights/Permissions, if you click on the topic of interest you will be taken directly to that FAQ:
What is the copyright and license policy for my journal?
The copyright and licenses will depend on if you are publishing an open access or subscription article.
For Elsevier’s policies for open access copyright Click Here.
For Elsevier’s policies for copyright and permissions for subscription articles Click Here.
How do I obtain a journal publishing agreement?
You will receive a form automatically by email once your article is received by Elsevier's Editorial-Production Department. This form will differ depending on the author’s choice to publish either as a subscription or open access article.
Please Note: some authors may be required by their employer to supply a special publishing agreement. This includes for example authors employed by some UN agencies such as World Health Organization and the World Bank. We recommend that authors check their internal websites and intranets for details.
Who should I contact if I have a query about my journal publishing agreement?
Please note that the rights listed above apply to journal authors only. For information regarding book author rights and for any questions relating to the author rights outlined here, please contact: Elsevier’s Global Rights department.
What rights do I retain when publishing in an Elsevier journal?
As an Elsevier author you retain certain rights to use and reuse your own article. The specific rights will depend on if you are publishing an open access article or a subscription article.
For details on author’s rights for publishing open access please Click Here.
For details on authors’ rights when publishing in a subscription journal please Click Here.
Why does Elsevier request a transfer of copyright for subscription articles?
When publishing in a subscription journal, we ask for a transfer of copyright for a number of reasons. This transfer of copyright does not restrict authors’ use of their article and they can still use and post their manuscript or article for a wide range of scholarly purposes.
Elsevier uses a copyright transfer in our subscription journals due to:
1. Ensure the article is accessible: By having the ability to exercise all rights under copyright, Elsevier is able to quickly launch new products and services, and to make agreements with other platforms and services to enrich published content and to make it more accessible and usable. Authors may be based in a number of different countries, which will have their own copyright regimes. Copyright assignments give more legal certainty, particularly in relation to future rights in new technologies.
2. Protect against infringement: Through copyright, Elsevier monitors and manages authorized use and distribution, ensuring that useful, trusted and legal products and services are authorized for further re-use or distribution (and that those services conduct themselves in ways that respect the scientific content of the journal articles). We are particularly concerned about services that have commercial motives in the unauthorized distribution of copyright works. These rights will also help us in the event of disputes with third parties concerning plagiarism.
3. Enforce if necessary: An assignment of rights under copyright means that we can more easily show that we own the rights and do not have to seek the participation of the author or obtain power of attorney from the author in order to bring an enforcement action.
For a more detailed discussion, see the STM Position Paper on the benefits of copyright assignments.
Does Elsevier claim rights in an author’s supporting data?
Elsevier supports the general principle that raw research data should be made freely available to all researchers and encourages the public posting of the raw data outputs of research. Elsevier therefore does not claim rights in the raw datasets that may be submitted with an article and the author can make these datasets freely available from other (web) locations.
If supported by the author and journal editor, and when a dataset is hosted in a repository that ensures data integrity and supports long-term preservation and inward linking, Elsevier can further support the discoverability of that dataset by connecting it with the published journal article on ScienceDirect through linking from an article or entity or through article interoperability. Click Here to review examples of how this could work in practice.
(Please Note: that this is distinct from charts, tables, etc, which may be included within an article and in which rights would be transferred or licensed to Elsevier as part of the article, in the same way as text, illustrations or photographs).
For more information on industry positions on this issue supported by Elsevier, view the STM association position paper on the best practices in publishing of data.