Copyright and Publishing Right Information

For the Legal Issues Journal to publish, print, and distribute research articles, we need publishing rights. This is determined by a publishing agreement between the author and the Journal. This agreement deals with the transfer or license of the copyright to the Legal Issues Journal for its use, while authors retain important rights to use and share their published articles. Legal Issues Journal supports the need for authors to share, disseminate, and maximize the impact of their research and these rights as defined below under “Author Rights.”


Author Rights

Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to: retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including raw research data).

  • Proper attribution and credit for the published work.
  • Share their article for Personal Use with a link to the issue page of the Journal on this website and/or the links to Westlaw, HeinOnline, Amazon, Kindle, and iBooks. In all cases, we require that all Legal Issues authors always include a full acknowledgment and, if appropriate, a link to the final published version hosted on this website. Personal use means the following:
  • Inclusion of the Article in applications for grant funding
  • For authors employed by companies or organizations, the use by that company for internal training purposes or research.
  • 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  • Inclusion in a thesis or dissertation (provided that this is not to be published commercially)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

We do request a 2-month embargo after publication on open sharing.


Journal Rights

For articles published in the Legal Issues Journal, the Journal is granted the following rights:

  • The exclusive right to publish and distribute an article, and to grant rights to others, including for commercial purposes.
  • The right to provide the article in all forms and media so the article can be used with 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.


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