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March 25, 2005

Copyright Information for Authors of Elsevier Journals: Postscript Archiving Permitted

Full Title: Copyright Information for Authors of Elsevier, Harcourt and Butterworth-Heinemann Journals

"I. Can I post my article on the internet?

You can post your version of your article on your personal web page or the web site of your institution, provided that you include a link to the journal's home page or the article's DOI and include a complete citation for the article. This means that you can update your version (e.g. the Word or Tex form) to reflect changes made during the peer review and editing process.

II. What rights do I retain as author?

As an author, you retain rights for 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 Elsevier.


the right to make copies of the article for their own personal use, including for their 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 and editing process) on the author's personal or institutional web site or server, with a link to the journal home page (on elsevier.com);

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in the article; the right to include the article in full or in part in a thesis or dissertation (provided that this is not to be published commercially);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

III. Elsevier thougths on why it needs exclusive rights?

"The research community needs certainty with respect to the validity (IS: see footnote 1), normally obtained through the peer review process, of scientific papers. The scientific record must be clear and unambiguous. Elsevier believes that by obtaining the exclusive distribution right it will always be clear to researchers that, when they access an Elsevier site to review a paper, they are reading a final version of the paper which has been edited, peer-reviewed, and accepted for publication in an appropriate journal. See also our information on electronic preprints for more detailed discussion on these points."

Source: Copyright information. Elsevier Web site (Last viewed 25 March 2005) [Full Text]

Footnote 1: Please note that Elsevier apparently does not care of broken integrity by its flagship journals, such as Neuron, Cell, Brain Research. For details on this matter please see written evidence for UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Scientific Publication ("Editorial and Publisher Corruption", pp. 394-404, Ev386, Science and Technology - Tenth Report, Volume II, Oral and Written Evidence, House of Commons Publication HC399II 20 July 2004), also available as a .PDF imprint of original submission.

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