Insight - Copyright

The Publisher's Statement of Policy with regard to Copyright including Open Access Policy 

1. It is our practice, together with most other journals, to ask you to assign to the Publisher the copyright of papers accepted for publication in the Journal. The reasons for this are as follows:
  • ownership of copyright by the Publisher tends to ensure maximum international protection against infringement, libel or plagiarism
  • it enables the Publisher to deal efficiently with requests from third parties to reproduce or reprint an article, or part of it, and in accordance with a general policy which is sensitive both to any relevant changes in international copyright law and to the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge.
2. Two 'moral rights' were conferred on authors by the UK Copyright Act in 1988 which are retained even when copyright is assigned. In the UK an author's 'right of paternity', the right to be properly credited whenever the work is published  (or performed or broadcast), requires that this right be asserted in writing.

3. In assigning your copyright you are not forfeiting your proprietary rights, including patent rights. Nothing in this Agreement shall restrict your rights as the Author(s), or in the case of work written by an Author in the course of his or her employment, your employer's rights, to revise, adapt, prepare derivative works, present orally or otherwise make use of the contents of the article. You may do this without obtaining our permission, however we would appreciate an acknowledgement to the Journal as the original source.

All requests to reproduce your contribution, or a substantial part of it, or figures, tables or illustrations from it in another publication will be subject to your approval.

4. The Journal's policy on Open Access is as follows:
We facilitate Open Access by permitting the author to re-use the original work in any way (see (3) above). This includes allowing the author to self-archive their own final version of the manuscript, after the corrections and revisions required from the peer review process have been incorporated (i.e. the 'published PDF'). In the online environment, this is like a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC licence allowing others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, as long as this is done not for commercial gain and credit is given for the original creation.

No embargo is imposed.

5. The Journal's policy on photocopying by authors is as follows:
You retain the right to reproduce your own paper for your own purposes, provided no sale is involved, and to reprint your paper in any volume of which you are editor or author. Permission will automatically be given to the publisher of such a volume, subject to normal acknowledgement.

6. If the paper is not published in the Journal, the rights revert to the present copyright holder.

7. The Journal participates in a number of photocopying licensing schemes which exist in many countries, for example, the Copyright Licensing Agency (UK) and Copyright Clearance Centre (USA), non-profit-making organisations which offer centralised licensing arrangements for photocopying. Any income received through these arrangements will be used to further the interests of the Journal.

8. It is understood that, in some cases, copyright will be held by the Author's employer (for instance the British or US Government). If so, British Government Employees should ensure that British Crown Copyright and other rights are reserved, but should obtain for the Journal a non-exclusive licence to publish the paper and non-exclusive permission to deal with requests from third parties on the understanding that any requests from third-parties will be handled in accordance with (3) above, i.e. you and your employer will be asked to approve the proposed use.

9. In addition to publication of your article in conventional printed form, your assignment of copyright also signifies your agreement to its publication and/or storage electronically. The Journal may also arrange to include your article in electronic document-delivery services and databases.

10. By signing the Copyright Assignment form you certify that:
  • your contribution is your original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere
  • you have obtained permission for and acknowledged the source of excerpts from other copyright works; the relevant permission correspondence should be attached to this form. If you are in doubt about whether or not permission is required, please contact the Publisher: failure to obtain such permission would be an infringement of copyright and could, in some circumstances, lead to litigation.
  • to the best of your knowledge the paper contains no statements that are libellous, unlawful or in any  way actionable; and
  • that you have obtained from all of your Co-Authors consent to the terms of this Agreement and are signing on their behalf (where applicable - see Copyright Assignment form);
  • that you indemnify the Publisher in respect of claims made against it by third parties for copyright infringement relating to publication of the article, or concerning the authorship of the article or rights to publish the article.