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Author Rights

An author’s right to reuse and post their work published by IWA Publishing is defined by IWA Publishing’s copyright policy. For papers which are not published “open access”, authors transfer copyright to IWA Publishing, but have the right to:

  • Share their article for personal (scholarly) purposes (including scholarly rights to create certain derivative works), so long as they give proper attribution and credit to the published work*.
  • Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including raw research data).
  • Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

*Authors can share their article in the following ways:

  • At a conference, meeting, or for teaching purposes
  • Internal training
  • Scholarly sharing with colleagues
  • In a subsequent compilation of the author’s works
  • In a thesis or dissertation
  • Reuse of portions in other works
  • Preparation of derivative works for non-commercial purposes

For IWA Publishing Open papers (published as open access), authors sign an exclusive licence agreement. Authors retain copyright but licence exclusive rights in their article to the publisher. Authors have the right to:

  • Share their article in the same ways permitted to third parties under the relevant user licence (together with personal (scholarly) purposes to create certain derivative works), as long as they give proper attribution and credit to the published work.
  • Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including raw research data).
  • Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

Posting online

IWA Publishing authors are permitted to post their papers online in several ways. For papers which are not published “open access”, authors can:

  • Post the “pre-print” (pre peer review paper) on a preprint server, personal or institutional website, or institutional or subject based open access repository
  • Post the “post-print”(peer reviewed, accepted manuscript that has not been copy edited, typeset or proofread) on a personal or institutional website or institutional or subject based open access repository no sooner than 12 months after publication, provided full acknowledgement is given when available, including a link to the paper on http://www.iwaponline.com, and no commercial use is made of the paper.
  • The final published pdf file may not be used under any circumstances.

For IWA Publishing Open papers (published as open access) authors can:

  • Post the pre-print, post-print and published journal paper on a preprint server, personal or institutional website, or institutional or subject based open access repository. Full acknowledgement should be given, including a link to the paper on iwaponline.com, and no commercial use should be made (except for when authors choose the CC BY user licence).

User Rights for IWA Publishing Open papers (published as open access):

User rights for open access papers are defined by the Creative Commons licence selected by the authors. Full details about open access publishing can be found here.

IWA Publishing Rights

IWA Publishing is granted the following rights for all journal papers:

  • The exclusive right to publish and distribute an article, and to grant rights to others, including for commercial purposes.
  • For open access articles, IWA Publishing will apply the relevant third party user licence where IWA Publishing publishes the article on its online platforms.
  • The right to provide the article in all forms and media so the article can be used on the latest technology even after publication.
  • The authority to enforce the rights in the article, on behalf of an author, against third parties, for example in the case of plagiarism or copyright infringement.

Permissions (for non Open Access papers)

Prior written consent is required if you wish to reproduce any of our material.  If you have a request to reprint part or all of any work previously published in an IWA Publishing book or journal, contact us.

Please give as much detail as possible about the previously published work and the new work it is to appear in. Where applicable, a fee maybe charged for the reuse of this material, but permission is not normally withheld.

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