Re: Haworth demands copyright prior to peer review

From: C.Oppenheim <C.Oppenheim_at_LBORO.AC.UK>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 18:04:55 -0000

Stupid clauses like this were highlighted in the early ROMEO studies. One
would have hoped by now all publishers would have dropped them.

Anyone who agrees to such a clause is very foolish!


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Krichel" <krichel_at_OPENLIB.ORG>
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 5:17 PM
Subject: Haworth demands copyright prior to peer review

> Virginia Baldwin writes
>> As for copyright permission prior to peer review, the publisher needs
>> permission to publish a work.
> Yes, so they could require the permission before starting peer
> review. But they require full copyright transfer
> where I read today
> | Copyright ownership of your manuscript must be transferred officially
> | to The Haworth Press, Inc., before we can begin the peer-review
> | process. The editor's letter acknowledging receipt of the manuscript
> | will be accompanied by a form fully explaining this. All authors must
> | sign the form and return the original to the editor as soon as
> | possible. Failure to return the copyright form in a timely fashion
> | will result in a delay in review and subsequent publication.
> I quote this here because I suspect that they will change
> policy once this gets more publicity.
>> Do we really need to burden a journal's (unpaid) editor with
>> obtaining peer review of a manuscript whose author has not yet
>> granted permission, and may be submitting simultaneously to another
>> journal?
> Journal routinely require submission exclusivity, and that is
> fine.
>> As for resubmission, once rejected, I do not know the legal issues
>> involved, but I think nullification of the copyright agreement would
>> be easy to obtain.
> In the page cited above I did not see an indication that this will
> happen. There is no right to get back the copyright. On submission,
> you loose all your rights to your work. You have no bargaining
> power.
> One would have to be quite insane to accept such conditions.
> Cheers,
> Thomas Krichel
> RePEc:per:1965-06-05:thomas_krichel
> skype id: thomaskrichel
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