1) The policy of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) is to acquire copyright from all contributors. In agreeing to this transfer, authors assign worldwide copyright in print, digital and other media in their articles, including abstracts and supplementary materials, to the ERS. There are two reasons this is requested: first, ownership of copyright by one central organisation ensures maximum international protection against infringement; secondly, it also ensures that requests by third parties to re-use an article, or part of it, are handled efficiently and in accordance with any relevant changes in international copyright legislation and the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge.
2) In assigning your copyright you are not forfeiting your rights to use your article elsewhere. Your re-use rights are explained below in the section “Author rights and permissions”.
3) It is understood that in some cases the contributor’s employer will hold copyright. If so, the ERS requires non-exclusive permission to deal with requests from third parties. Under these circumstances, the contributor’s employer retains the right to licence the content of the article to third parties. However, this right does not extend to the use of ERS branding, article layout and design: any requests to use the ERS branding, article layout or design must be directed to the ERS publications office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Your article will be stored electronically. Your assignment of copyright signifies your agreement to the ERS making arrangements to include your article in document delivery services and databases, etc., worldwide.
5) By signing this form you certify that your article is your original work; that it has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere; that you have obtained permission for and acknowledged the source of any excerpts from other copyright works; and that to the best of your knowledge your article contains no statements that are libellous, unlawful or in any way actionable.
6) In addition, ERJ Open articles are distributed with a Creative Commons licence (either CC BY-NC or CC BY), which permit re-use, distribution and reproduction (for non-commercial purposes in the case of the CC BY-NC licence), providing that the original work is properly cited. Further details regarding ERJ Open content and the available licences are provided below in the section “Author rights and permissions”.
Author rights and permissions
After assigning copyright to the ERS, authors retain a range of rights over their article. Please find below information regarding self-archiving your article in a repository (for example when your university mandates that you archive your articles in a public repository that they keep) and regarding your rights for re-using your article (or parts of it, for example permissions to re-use figures and tables from the article).
Not all of the rights and/or restrictions outlined in the following sections will apply to articles that have been published through the ERJ Open scheme with a Creative Commons licence. More details regarding ERJ Open can be found below.
Self-archiving and “green” open access
Authors of European Respiratory Journal articles are entitled to deposit a version of their article in an institutional or other repository, provided the following requirements are met:
1) The final, peer-reviewed, author-submitted version that was accepted for publication is used (before copy-editing and publication).
2) A permanent link is provided to the version of the article published in the ERJ, through the doi.org platform. For example, if your manuscript has the DOI 10.1183/13993003.01234-2012, then the link you provide must be doi.org/10.1183/13993003.01234-2012
3) The repository on which the article is deposited is not used for systematic distribution or commercial sales purposes.
4) The following required archiving statement appears on the title page of the archived article: “This is an author-submitted, peer-reviewed version of an article that has been accepted for publication in the European Respiratory Journal, prior to copy-editing, formatting and typesetting. This version of the article may not be duplicated or reproduced without prior permission from the copyright owner, the European Respiratory Society. The publisher is not responsible or liable for any errors or omissions in this version of the article or in any version derived from it by any other parties. The final, copy-edited, published article, which is the version of record, is available online from the European Respiratory Journal without a subscription 18 months after the date of issue publication.”
Not all of the above restrictions apply to articles that have been made published through the ERJ Open scheme with a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC or CC BY). ERJ Open articles are protected by copyright in the same manner as other ERJ articles. However, publishing an ERJ Open paper with the Creative Commons attribution non-commercial licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC) enables legitimate open distribution of your work online under the terms of the CC BY-NC licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided it is for non-commercial purposes, and that the original work is properly cited. Use of such articles for commercial, promotional or marketing purposes requires further explicit permission from the ERS (email@example.com). Publishing an ERJ Open paper with the Creative Commons attribution licence 4.0 (CC BY) enables legitimate open distribution of your work online under the terms of the CC BY licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properly cited.
The publisher recognises additional rights of authors who are grantees of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or the Wellcome Trust/Europe PMC Funders Group.
If any of the authors have been supported by such a body to conduct the research that is reported in the article or other written work, the ERS acknowledges their right to provide a copy of the final, peer-reviewed article as submitted by the author(s) (before editing and publication) for public archiving in compliance with the aforementioned requirements, subject to the embargo period specified by the funding body and to notifying the publisher of the intention to archive (at firstname.lastname@example.org). The funding body must be acknowledged and the applicable grant numbers must be stated in the support statement of the article itself.
If your research body mandates an access or archiving model that is not addressed above, please contact email@example.com
All authors retain the following rights:
1) Use of the article in whole or in part in a thesis or dissertation, provided this is not made available for commercial sale.
2) Reproduction of their article in whole or in part for their own course teaching purposes, provided the course is not commercially funded and the article is available only to enrolled course participants.
3) Use of individual figures or tables or short (250 words or fewer) passages of text in journal articles of which they are an author.
4) Use of individual figures or tables or short (250 words or fewer) passages of text in books of which they are an author or editor.
In addition to the aforementioned reuse rights, ERJ Open articles published under a Creative Commons licence are licensed for wider reuse.
ERJ Open articles are protected by copyright in the same manner as other ERJ articles. However, publishing an ERJ Open paper enables rights to reproduction in any medium provided it is for non-commercial purposes, and that the original work is properly cited (in the case of publishing with a CC BY-NC licence), or rights to reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properly cited (in the case of publishing with a CC BY licence). If an article is not reproduced in its entirety but only in part, or as a derivative work, this must be clearly stated. Use of ERJ Open articles published with a CC BY-NC licence, and parts thereof, for commercial, promotional or marketing purposes requires further explicit permission from the ERS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ERJ Open is an optional service offered by the ERS that enables authors to ensure that their final published article is made available for anyone to access online, immediately on publication. To publish an article through ERJ Open, there is a fee of €2000 for the CC BY-NC option, and of €3000 for the CC BY option (this option is only available to authors who have received funding from a body mandating publication of their research with such a licence). The article charge does not cover any extra costs associated with publication, e.g. colour charges, about which you will be notified if your article is selected for publication. In order to request that your manuscript is published as an ERJ Open article, you will be required to complete and submit an ERJ Open article charge form after the article has been accepted for publication.
The article charge form for ERJ Open articles can be downloaded at: http://erj.ersjournals.com/sites/default/files/publisher-files/erj-open-charge-form.pdf
If you wish to pay via credit card, the additional credit card payment form can be found here: http://erj.ersjournals.com/sites/default/files/publisher-files/article-credit-card-payment-form.pdf
For any reuse of your article that falls outside these rights, or if you are not sure about your rights, please contact email@example.com
This page was last updated on 25 May 2016