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Haworth copyright policy clarification

With apologies for cross-posting, we would like to respond to 
recent comment on several listservs about Haworth, copyright 
transfer, and manuscript submission to journals.

It was suggested that Haworth requires copyright transfer before 
beginning the review process to allow us to retain copyright for 
all submissions, published or unpublished. That's a lot of 
material, and far more copyright than would be productive.

In fact, language in the "2. Limited Copyright transfer" section 
of the Publication Agreement shows that copyright transfer is 
accomplished "if accepted and published by the journal..." 
Because this important qualification appears to be overlooked in 
a quick reading of the agreement, we're adding the following 
plain-English statement:

"Copyright transfer to The Haworth Press, Inc. shall 
automatically revert to the author in the event the paper is not 
published."  The addition will be posted to all online versions 
of both the Instructions for Authors and Publication Agreement by 
the middle of next week.

Some are presuming, too, that our publication agreement is 
uncommonly restrictive, but please note that our publication 
agreement provides for limited copyright transfer that includes 
significant author freedoms. Authors retain the following:

1. Proprietary rights, other than copyright, such as patent 

2. Oral presentation right

3. Preprint distribution rights, including posting as electronic 
files on the contributor's own website for personal or 
professional use, on the contributor's university or corporate 
intranet or network, but not for either commercial or systematic 
third party sales or dissemination, e.g., interlibrary loan or 
document delivery, and the author may update the preprint with 
the final version of the article

4. Photocopying, online transmittal, or downloading rights to any 
colleagues for the advancement of scientific research (with the 
exception of systematic distribution as described above)

5. Publication rights in any book written or edited by the 
author, in any edited work for which the contributor is the sole 
editor or senior editor, or teaching coursepack prepared or 
written by the author.

For any of the above, no further permission is required from us. 
We ask only that authors include the copyright line, information 
about Haworth document delivery, and if reprinted electronically, 
a hotlink to Haworth. And if the work is reprinted 
electronically, there must be no charge for viewing the article.

This is quite different from the older full-transfer of copyright 
more common to older scholarly publishing.

We've been grateful for the opportunity to discuss these matters 
offline with a number of individuals who have posted about these 

Catalysts for learning are always welcome, particularly when it 
enables increased understanding between libraries and publishers. 
We welcome the conversation.

Kathryn Rutz
Vice President, Editorial
The Haworth Press, Inc.
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, New York 13904
tel: 607-722-5857, ext. 409
fax: 607-723-1502