Friday, August 05, 2005

Publisher Best Practices for Self-Archiving Authors: 4.5 Stars for Haworth Press

March 12, 2007 update:

Note: Haworth Press now has a policy requiring authors to transfer copyright before peer review. In my view, Haworth is no longer considered a role model for publisher best practices. For details and tips on where to publish, please see my March 12 post.

Haworth Press has developed some good language to accomodate self-archiving authors. Note that authors are allowed to post both preprints and postprints, no delay is imposed, and authors retain as much of their rights as is consistent with ensuring Haworth has the rights it needs to publish. The following is excerpted from the Haworth Manuscript Submission & Limited Copyright Transfer Form, August 2005. All rights reserved. 4.5 of a possible 5 stars - congrats Haworth!

1. AUTHOR RE-USE OF WORK: Both as a professional courtesy and in recognition of contemporary needs of authors/researchers/information providers and users in a globally connected information cybersystem, copyright transfer is limited to the extent that the author(s) or the author(s)’ employer (if applicable):

a) retain PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, other than copyright, such as patent rights in any procedure, process, or means of manufacture depicted in the contribution;


c) retain PREPRINT DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS, including posting as electronic files on the contributor’s own Web site for personal or professional use, or on the contributor’s internal university/corporate intranet or network, or other external Web site at the contributor’s university or institution, but not for either commercial (for-profit) or systematic third party sales or dissemination, by which is meant any interlibrary loan or document delivery systems. The contributor may update the preprint with the final version of the article after review and revision by the journal’s editor(s) and/or editorial/peer-review board;

d) retain PHOTOCOPYING, ONLINE TRANSMITTAL, OR DOWNLOADING RIGHTS to any colleagues for the advancement of scientific research (with the exception of systematic distribution as described in section 1c);

e) retain REPUBLICATION RIGHTS in any book written or edited by the contributor himself or herself, in any edited work for which the contributor is the sole editor or senior editor, or teaching coursepak [coursepack] prepared or written by the contributor.

For any of these uses, no further permission is necessary in writing from The Haworth Press, Inc., nor will the Press require fees of any kind for the reprinting. However, we do require that the following conditions be met when re-using the material:

1) Include a standard copyright line: copyright date, publisher’s name, city and state, journal and article title, volume, issue, and page number(s);

2) Include the following information: Article copies available from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: ;

3) If reprinted electronically, include a hyperlink/hot link to The Haworth Press, Inc. home page. Our URL is;

4) If reprinted electronically, there must be no charge for viewing the article.

This statement is intended to provide full description for the limitation of copyright transferred to The Haworth Press, Inc., and to set forth the support by the Publisher for dissemination in a modern Internet and cyber-connected society.

2. LIMITED COPYRIGHT TRANSFER: In consideration for publication and dissemination of our work, if accepted and published by the journal noted on the Limited Copyright Transfer Form, the Author(s) agree to transfer copyright of the Work to The Haworth Press, Inc., including full and exclusive rights to publication in all media now known or later developed, including but not limited to electronic databases and microfilm/microform, electronic journal format, anthologies of any kind, single-copy distribution through a distribution system, and as part of any aggregate (i.e., multiple journals distributed together as a package) print or electronic subscription or publication of any kind, and in any format now known or later developed with exceptions and limitations noted in AUTHOR RE-USE OF WORK listed above in paragraph #1. (NOTE TO U.S. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: SEE YOUR EXEMPTION, PARAGRAPH #5 BELOW.)

This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.

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