Rights & Permissions

Authors

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 Authors

 Author's own work.

The author is required to transfer copyright (access Copyright Transfer Forms) of his or her paper to INFORMS but reserves the right to use all or part of the paper in future works he or she may write or edit (e.g., textbooks, reviews, and lectures) and to obtain a copyright assignment from INFORMS without fee for such purposes.

As a condition of final acceptance of a paper for publication in an INFORMS journal, the author must indicate whether the paper is posted on a website other than the author's personal website. The author is responsible for ensuring that if any part of the paper has been copyrighted for prepublication, for example, as a working paper, the copyright can and will be transferred to INFORMS when the paper has been accepted. This includes both print and electronic forms of the paper. Authors may post their papers on websites after acceptance and prior to publication, as long as the sites are not copyrighted or do not serve as formal repositories. Authors may not post their page proofs on websites prior to publication.

 Conference proceedings.

It is the responsibility of each editor in chief to judge the merits of any paper previously published in a conference proceedings, provided that the author can provide clear copyright transfer. The merits consist of reviewing the paper to determine whether it makes a sufficiently new and additional contribution to the archival literature. If so, the editor will review the paper in the appropriate manner.

 Copyright transfer.

The author is required to transfer copyright of the paper to INFORMS before it can be published in an INFORMS journal in print and electronic formats. The copyright owner, who is generally the author, reserves the right to use all or part of the paper in future works the author may write or edit and to obtain permission from INFORMS without fee for such purposes. The copyright owner certifies that the paper has not been published elsewhere and that no part of the material is subject to another copyright except those parts covered by permissions the owner has obtained. Copies of these permissions must be provided to INFORMS. In the case of a paper with coauthors, the signature of only one author is required and assumes that the coauthors have delegated copyright transfer authority to the signatory. The assignment of copyright form contains the complete INFORMS policy on copyright transfer.

 Open access.

The  INFORMS Open Option (IOO) provides an open access alternative for articles accepted in any INFORMS journals that would have otherwise been available only through subscriptions or pay per view. Authors of an accepted manuscript who would like to take advantage of IOO would be responsible for a per-article publication fee, which would ensure that the article would be made available to anyone online for free and in perpetuity. Authors are responsible for adhering to INFORMS copyright and permissions policies. For more information after reading the complete policy, contact permissions@informs.org.

 PDF to author.

INFORMS will provide each author with a PDF file of the published article at no charge upon request.

 Self-archiving.

Authors may post their papers on websites after acceptance and prior to publication as long as the sites are not copyrighted or do not serve as formal repositories. After a paper is published in print, INFORMS provides each author with a PDF file of the Web-published article at no charge upon request for posting on the author's personal website. If authors wish to post their papers on other sites, INFORMS expects them to request permission by contacting permissions@informs.org.

 Third-party permissions.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint content that is copyrighted or trademarked by a third party, for example, a figure or table that is not your original work. Photographs and corporate logos, including those taken from the Web, are likely to be protected by copyright. Please clear these permissions before your accepted paper is sent to INFORMS for production. Send statements of permission to INFORMS with your assignment of copyright form. Contact permissions@informs.org for more information.

 Website posting of page proofs prior to publication.

INFORMS sends page proof files to authors for proofreading with the understanding that the files are not to be circulated otherwise or posted on websites. The intent is to avoid having multiple versions of the content in circulation prior to publication and avoid incorrect citations.

 Working paper policy.

As a condition of final acceptance of a paper for publication in an INFORMS journal, the author must indicate whether the paper is posted on a working paper website, other than the author’s own site. The author is responsible for assuring that if any part of the paper has been copyrighted for prepublication as a working paper, the copyright can and will be transferred to INFORMS when the paper is accepted. This includes both print and electronic forms of the paper. The author may post the working paper on websites after acceptance and prior to publication, as long as the sites are not copyrighted or do not serve as formal repositories.

 Reprint Permissions

 Articles in Advance.

INFORMS holds copyright to the Articles in Advance version of an article, which is made available to subscribers. The file may not be posted on any other website, including the author's site.

 Books (including textbooks).

A minimum fee of $25.00 per page will be charged for each article, and the number of articles can never exceed 25% of the total content of the book. If more than the 25% limitation is to be used, this must be negotiated further. The usual fee for use of each figure or table (with no text pages included) is $95.00.

As a courtesy to authors, we also require that their permission be obtained. INFORMS does not maintain a database of current addresses, but the information may be found through an author’s affiliation website (or the department contact, if the author is no longer listed in a directory of that institution).

 Course packs.

Permission is required but is granted at no charge for nonprofit distribution. Commercial vendors must contact the Rights and Permissions Manager for a per copy page rate.

 Dissertations.

Permission is required but is granted at no charge, and includes dissertations published online, e.g., UMI Dissertation Publishing.

 Electronic companions.

The material placed on a journal’s website and not printed in the journal is considered to be part of the paper accepted for publication. INFORMS holds copyright to the electronic companions of the papers it publishes. If content from an electronic companion is to be republished elsewhere, INFORMS would grant permission and provide a credit line to be published with the content.

 Interlibrary loan (ILL).

Libraries may print an article and circulate it on ILL. Interlibrary loan of electronic articles is prohibited.

 Institutional repositories.

INFORMS gives permission to authors to post their accepted papers on institutional repositories on a case-by-case basis, asking a few questions to help guide the decision:

  • Is the purpose of the repository preservation or open access?
  • Who will have access to the repository?
  • Does the university intend now or in the future to sell access to people outside the university community?
  • Does the university currently subscribe to INFORMS journals, and will the institution give us fair assurance that those institutional subscriptions will not be canceled as a result -- now or in the future?
  • Is the repository willing to link to the content on our site, rather than posting the content independently?

Depending on the answers received, INFORMS generally gives permission subject to an embargo, which increasingly is 12 months.

 Journals.

Permission to reprint content from an INFORMS publication in another journal is required but is granted at no charge.

 Photocopy for educational or personal use.

Permission is required but is granted at no charge, and a credit line is provided.

 Translations.

INFORMS grants permission for republication and translation of content and notifies the third party that INFORMS is not responsible for errors introduced in the translation of the original article. The INFORMS credit line includes this statement. The original author’s permission must be obtained to translate the work. INFORMS does not maintain a database of current addresses, but the information may be found through an author’s affiliation website (or the department contact, if the author is no longer listed in a directory of that institution).”

 Website posting by third parties.

INFORMS requires answers to the following questions before granting permission to third parties to post published content on websites:

  1. Will the article be posted on a secured site?
  2. Who will be using the site?
  3. How long will the material be posted?
  4. Are users paying to visit the site?

 Address questions regarding copyright policy and reprint permission to:

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
permissions@informs.org

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Guidelines for Copyright & Plagiarism

Guidelines for Copyright & Plagiarism - Authors are required to review the INFORMS copyright and plagiarism policies before submitting to an INFORMS journal.

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