International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers Release Statement on Copyright Agreement "Addenda"

3/11/2008 4:35 pm -

A statement on journal publishing agreements and copyright transfer agreement "addenda" was released today. The statement was jointly released by the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, the Professional and Scholarly Publishing branch of the Association of American Publishers, and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.

The announcement is located at

The full statement is here.

The statement begins:

"Our respective trade associations, representing the global community of scholarly publishers, support open dialogue and informed communication on the use of published material. Putting these principles into practice, we have engaged in discussions with the academic community and worked within our own community to encourage best practices in recognition of the needs of authors and their institutions.

In a recent white paper entitled Author and Publisher Rights For Academic Use: An Appropriate Balance

we set out our views that:


• Academic research authors and their institutions should be able to use and post the content that such authors and institutions themselves provide (most publishers already provide for this) for internal institutional non-commercial research and education purposes; while

• Publishers should be able to determine when and how the official publication occurs (in the journal or online) and to derive the revenue benefit from its publication and posting."

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