European Geologist journal: Copyright and licensing

For all articles published in the European Geologist journal, copyright is retained by the authors.

Articles are licensed under an open access Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license, meaning that anyone may download and read the paper for free. Also, the article may be reused and quoted, provided that the original published version is cited. These conditions allow for maximum use and exposure of the work while ensuring that the authors receive proper credit. Many research funders worldwide either recommend or mandate that research they have supported shall be published under CC BY. This policy is, for instance, applied by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework programme.

For previously published content, it is essential that before submission, authors obtain permission to reproduce any published material (figures, tables, text) that does not fall into the public domain or for which they do not hold the copyright.

Permission is required for:

  • The work published by other publishers and for which the author/s did not retain copyright.
  • Substantial extracts from the work of anyone works or a series of work.
  • Use of tables, graphs, charts, schemes and artworks if they are unaltered or slightly modified.
  • Photographs for which you do not hold copyright.

Permission is not required for:

  • Reconstruction of tables with data already published elsewhere. Please note that in this case, authors must cite the source of the data in the form of either “Data from…” or “Adapted from…”.
  • Very short quotes are considered fair use and, therefore, do not require permission.
  • Graphs, charts, schemes, and artwork wholly redrawn by the authors and significantly changed beyond recognition do not require permission. However, authors are advised to check the copyright permissions of any underlying data.

Once author/s have obtained permission, the copyright holder may provide them with instructions on the form of acknowledgement to be followed. Alternatively, we recommend following the style: “Reproduced with permission from (author), (book/journal title); published by (publisher), (year)”.

License agreement

The following text applies before publishing with the EGJ:

“In submitting an article to the European Geologist journal, I certify that my co-authors authorise me to enter these arrangements.

I warrant, on behalf of myself and my co-authors, that:

  • The article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third-party rights;
  • I am/we are the sole author(s) of the article and have full authority to enter into this agreement;
  • The article contains nothing unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or confidence or commitment given to secrecy;
  • I/we have taken due care to ensure the integrity of the article. To my/our – and currently accepted scientific – knowledge, all statements contained in it purporting to be facts are accurate. Any formula or instruction in the article will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.

I, and all co-authors, agree that the article, if editorially accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.”

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