Describes the rights related to the publication and distribution of research. It governs how authors (as well as their employers or funders), publishers and the wider general public can use, publish and distribute articles or books.

Journal author rights

In order for IJELP to publish and disseminate research articles, we need publishing rights. This is determined by a publishing agreement between the author and IJELP. This agreement deals with the transfer or license of the copyright to IJELP and authors retain significant rights to use and share their own published articles. IJELP supports the need for authors to share, disseminate and maximize the impact of their research and these rights, in IJELP are defined below:

Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to:

  • Share their article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes. 
  • Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
  • Proper attribution and credit for the published work.


Personal use
Authors can use their articles, in full or in part, for a wide range of scholarly, non-commercial purposes as outlined below:

  • Use by an author in the author’s classroom teaching (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic)
  • Distribution of copies (including through e-mail) to known research colleagues for their personal use (but not for Commercial Use)
    Inclusion in a thesis or dissertation (provided that this is not to be published commercially)
  • Use in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works
  • Extending the Article to book-length form
  • Preparation of other derivative works (but not for Commercial Use)
  • Otherwise using or re-using portions or excerpts in other works

These rights apply for all IJELP authors who publish their article as either a subscription article or an open access article. In all cases we require that all IJELP authors always include a full acknowledgement and, if appropriate, a link to the final published version hosted on the IJELP website.


Commercial use
This is defined as the use or posting of articles:

  • For commercial gain without a formal agreement with the publisher.
  • For example by associating advertising with the full-text of the article, by providing hosting services to other repositories or to other organizations (including where an otherwise non-commercial site or repository provides a service to other organizations or agencies), or charging fees for document delivery or access
  • To substitute for the services provided directly by the journal.
  • For example article aggregation, systematic distribution of articles via e-mail lists or share buttons, posting, indexing, or linking for promotional/marketing activities, by commercial companies for use by customers and intended target audiences of such companies (e.g. pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals/physician-prescribers).

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Internal institutional use

  • Use by the author's institution for classroom teaching at the institution and for internal training purposes (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic, and use in coursepacks and courseware programs, but not in Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Inclusion of the Article in applications for grant funding
  • For authors employed by companies, the use by that company for internal training purposes

Protecting author rights

Copyright aims to protect the specific way the article has been written to describe an experiment and the results. IJELP is committed to its authors to protect and defend their work and their reputation and takes allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethic disputes and fraud very seriously.

If an author becomes aware of a possible plagiarism, fraud or infringement we recommend contacting their IJELP publishing contact who can then liaise with our in-house legal department. Note that certain open access user licenses may permit quite broad re-use that might otherwise be counted as copyright infringement.