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BMJ has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options; including but not limited to the reuse of  BMJ content and the payment of author publication charges. Listed below are highlights of the BMJ RightsLink offering.

 

 

 

Contact: BMJ

Credit Line

Do you need a copy of the article?

Format

Hinari

How To Obtain Permissions

Photographs

Portions

Price

Requestor Type

Tax

Translations

Type of Use

Authors reuse of work

Author Services: Open Access and Color Charges

 


 

Contact: BMJ

Contact for Reuse inquiries

BMJ Customer Service

 

Please contact BMJ Customer Service for assistance at bmj.permissions@bmjgroup.com for BMJ only and permissions.journals@bmjgroup.com for all other journals.

 

Reprints are available directly from BMJ online.

 

Online First (USA and Canada):

Contact:

Marsha Fogler

Telephone: +1 800 482 1450
Fax: +1 609 482 7414
Email: mfogler@medicalreprints.com

 


Online First (Rest of World):

Contact: Nadia Gurney-Randall
Telephone: 020 8445 5825
Fax: 020 8445 5870
Email: ngurneyrandall@bmjgroup.com

 

Contact for Author Services

 

Archives of Disease in Childhood

archdischild@bmjgroup.com

Fetal and Neonatal Education

Education and Practice

Acupuncture in Medicine

info.aim@bmjgroup.com 

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

ard@bmjgroup.com 

British Journal of Ophthalmology

bjo@bmjgroup.com 

British Journal of Sports Medicine

bjsm@bmjgroup.com 

BMJ

papersadmin@bmj.com

BMJ Case Reports

bmjcases@bmjgroup.com 

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care

info.bmjdrc@bmj.com

BMJ Open

editorial.bmjopen@bmjgroup.com

BMJ Quality and Safety

info.bmjqs@bmjgroup.com

BMJ Open Respiratory Research

info.bmjresp@bmj.com

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care

info.spcare@bmjgroup.com

Evidence-Based Medicine

info.evidencebased@bmjgroup.com

Evidence-based Mental Health

Evidence-based Nursing

European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy

info.ejhp@bmjgroup.com

Emergency Medicine Journal

emjeditorial@bmjgroup.com 

Frontline Gastroenterology

info.fg@bmjgroup.com

GUT

guteditorial@bmjgroup.com

Heart

heartjournal@bmjgroup.com 

Heart Asia

info.heartasia@bmjgroup.com 

In Practice

inpractice@bva-edit.co.uk 

Injury Prevention

ip@bmjgroup.com 

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

info.jamia@bmjgroup.com

Journal of Clinical Pathology

jclinpath@bmjgroup.com 

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

jech@bmjgroup.com 

Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care

journal@fsrh.org 

Journal of Medical Ethics

jme@bmjgroup.com 

Journal of Medical Genetics

jmg@bmjgroup.com 

Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery

info.jnis@bmjgroup.com 

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

jnnp@bmjgroup.com

Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps

info.jramc@bmjgroup.com

Medical Humanities

mh@bmjgroup.com

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

oemeditorial@bmjgroup.com 

Postgraduate Medical Journal

pmj@bmjgroup.com

Practical Neurology

info.pn@bmjgroup.com 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

sti@bmjgroup.com 

Tobacco Control

tobaccocontrol@bmjgroup.com 

Thorax

thorax@bmjgroup.com 

Veterinary Record

editorial@bva-edit.co.uk 

Veterinary Record Case Reports

info.vetreccasereports@bmj.com

Veterinary Record Open

info.vetreco@bmj.com

 

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Reuse Information

BMJ has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink service to offer a variety of options for reusing BMJ content.  Once in RightsLink, the easy Quick Price process will clarify when permission is required. It is your responsibility to ensure that the material is original to BMJ and that the material was not reprinted with permission from a non-BMJ source.

Credit Line

The copyright line associated with BMJ content varies (based on the journal) although BMJ holds or manages the copyright of its content offered through RightsLink. Acknowledgement should be made adjacent to any reproduced material as such: BMJ Copyright@Year

 

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Do you need a copy of the article?

Yes, you need a copy of the content you wish to reproduce. The RightsLink service provides permission for reuse only. Once licensed, you may reuse the content according to the terms of your license. If you do not have a copy of the full text, you may select the Pay Per View option beside the content. Pay Per View gives you web access to individual topics for 48 hours.

 

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Format

Format reflects the means of reproduction of the content, identifying the type of reuse right granted during the order process.  

 

Reuse of the material in a format not selected during the order process is not permitted.

 

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Hinari

Low income and low-middle income countries detailed in the link below are entitled to discounted pricing for some BMJ content reuses. They include the 113 developing countries, areas and territories included in the HINARI initiative.

 

http://group.bmj.com/group/customerservice/hinari

 

The price displayed in RightsLink will adjust accordingly after account creation or log in. To establish an account in a country not listed or arrange a shipment to a country not listed, please contact BMJ directly.

 

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How To Obtain Permissions

How Does RightsLink Work?

 

  1. Locate Content: Locate on the BMJ website the journal article or book you wish to reuse.

  2. Launch RightsLink: Click the Permissions link associated with the article or book you have just located. This will launch the RightsLink service.

  3. Quick Price: Follow the simple instructions to obtain a Quick Price quotation. The price you are charged involves many variables, such as number of pages of content being reused, requestor type, quantity, and a fee set by BMJ. In some cases there is no fee, but you will still obtain a permission agreement from BMJ. [NOTE: Some permission requests cannot be completed through RightsLink and require additional assistance from BMJ. If you select such a category, you will see a special instruction.] Click the Continue button to begin the order process. See also Payment and Pricing.

  4. Place Order: To place your order, you will be prompted to set up an account or confirm/edit account information; confirm your order; confirm your payment method; and accept the terms and conditions.

  5. Order Confirmation: An order confirmation is displayed listing the details of your RightsLink order. It offers additional links for viewing the terms and conditions, editing your account information, and editing your order specifications.

  6. E-mail Confirmation: An e-mail confirmation will be sent to you listing the details of your order. You may reuse the content upon receipt of the order confirmation e-mail, according to the license details and BMJ terms & conditions.

 

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Photographs

The majority of the images used in the BMJ and BMJ Journals are not BMJ copyright, and BMJ is, therefore, unable to grant any permission for non-BMJ use. Permission to use illustrations/photographs from the BMJ which are not BMJ copyright should approach the copyright holder shown in the picture credit down the side of the image in the print edition, or under the image in the web version. Images can be downloaded and used for private study, but must not be copied, published, resold or used for public lectures without permission.

 

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Portions

Portions describe which elements of a BMJ publication you wish to reuse. Portions offered in drop-down menu include:

 

Note: BMJ warrants that it has, to the best of its knowledge, the rights to license material available for reuse through RightsLink. However, you should ensure that the material is original to BMJ and does not carry the copyright of another entity (as credited in the published version). If the credit line indicates that the material was reprinted or adapted by BMJ with permission from another source, then you should also seek permission to reuse the material from that source.  

 

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Price

Pricing of BMJ content reuses offered through the RightsLink service varies based on a variety of BMJ business rules. These include requestor type (e.g. whether you represent a commercial entity, non-commercial, university, etc.), the portion of the content being reused (e.g. table/figure, entire article), a minimum charge of $15 USD is implemented in some cases and a $0 license is granted in others.

 

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Requestor Type

Requestor type defines the type of organization that will be using the licensed content. BMJ requires this information to drive its business rules regarding the granting of licenses.

 

 

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Restrictions

Non-medical products that are harmful or potentially harmful to health:

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Tax

BMJ does not apply tax for permissions orders placed through the RightsLink service.

 

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Translations

BMJ offers two choices for translations: English or For Translation (French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Other).

 

The following conditions apply to translations:

You are limited to 250 copies unless your translation will be republished in a book. For over 250 copies you must purchase reprints. Please submit your translation request using the BMJ Reprint Order Form online

(http://journals.bmj.com/cgi/reprintform).

 

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Type of Use

A type of use describes what you may wish to do with copyrighted content and what the publisher permits.

 

All reproductions of BMJ content are expected to be of high quality and match the standard of the original article and be a true reproduction word for word. All drug names must be generic, no proprietary/trade names may be substituted. No additional text, tables or figures may be added to the original text. And, the integrity of the article should be preserved, ie, no advertisements will be printed on the copy nor bound to it.

 

BMJ offers the following types of use for their content reuses:

 

Type of Use

A type of use describes what you may wish to do with copyrighted content and what the publisher permits.

 

All reproductions of BMJ content are expected to be of high quality and match the standard of the original article and be a true reproduction word for word. All drug names must be generic, no proprietary/trade names may be substituted. No additional text, tables or figures may be added to the original text. And, the integrity of the article should be preserved, ie, no advertisements will be printed on the copy nor bound to it.

 

BMJ offers the following types of use for their content reuses:

 

Book/Monograph

CD-ROM/DVD/Memory stick

Coursepack/e-coursepack/CME

Magazine/Journal

Newsletter/Brochure

Newspaper

Photocopy

Presentation/Slide Kit

Reprints

Thesis/Dissertation

Website


Book/Monograph

Book/monograph permission enables you to produce the article or portion thereof in a printed book or monograph, including trade books, academic textbooks, and case studies used for educational purposes. Permission covers paper copy only. Book permission is limited to the edition specified during the order process. Books are measured in units printed (quantity).

 

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CD-ROM/DVD/Memory Stick

CD-ROM/DVD/Memory Stick permission enables you to reproduce publisher's article or portion thereof in a CD-ROM, DVD, or Memory Stick, provided that such edition is not accessible online or through any other means of multi-point distribution. A CD-ROM is defined is a compact disc capable of storing computer data. A DVD is defined as an optical disc containing multimedia and/or computer data. A Memory Stick is defined as a removable flash memory card. For large orders, please submit a reprint request.

 

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Coursepack/e-coursepack/CME

Coursepack/e-coursepack/CME provides a license for a non-profit, academic institution to reproduce the BMJ article or portion thereof as part of a coursepack/e-coursepack/CME. Coursepack/e-coursepack/CME are booklets of related articles prepared as supplemental materials for a course of study at a school or university.  

 

You are limited to 500 copies for republication in a coursepack/e-coursepack/CME, print or electronic. For over 500 copies you must purchase reprints. The number of copies reflects the quantity of recipients, regardless of material format (print or electronic). A coursepack/e-coursepack/CME delivered as a package in both print and electronic format to the same student reflects a quantity of one; the same coursepack/e-coursepack/CME delivered in print format to one student and electronic format to a second student, however, reflects a quantity of two.

 

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Magazine/Journal

Magazine/Journal permission enables you to reproduce publisher's article or portion thereof in a printed magazine or journal, as described below. The quantity you enter during the order process reflects the quantity of recipients. i.e., If the magazine will go to 100 recipients and the journal to 100 recipients, you should enter a quantity of 200. Magazine/journal permission does not include online distribution (see website permission).

 

Magazine permission enables you to reproduce publisher's content in a printed magazine. A magazine is a publication that presents articles on a variety of subjects.  Magazine permission covers magazines that are published and distributed no more frequently than weekly and can be distributed free of charge or for a fee to subscribers or retailers.

 

Journal permission permits you to reproduce publisher's content in a printed journal. A journal is a publication that presents articles on a particular subject. Journal permission covers journals that are published and distributed no more frequently than weekly and can be distributed free of charge or for a fee to subscribers or retailers.

 

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Newsletter/Brochure

Newsletter/brochure permission enables you to reproduce publisher's article or portion thereof in a printed newsletter or brochure, as described below. The quantity you enter during the order process reflects the quantity of recipients. i.e., If the newsletter will go to 100 recipients and the brochure to 100 recipients, you should enter a quantity of 200. Newsletter/brochure permission does not include online distribution (see website permission).

 

Newsletter permission enables you to reproduce publisher's article or portion thereof in a printed newsletter. A newsletter is defined as a publication containing news of interest to a particular group or organization and sent on a regular basis. Newsletter permission does not cover newsletters that have advertising revenue of over $10,000 USD per issue or newsletters that are sold through retail sale.

 

Brochure permission enables you to reproduce the article in a brochure — including short printed works and independent publications consisting of several pages of printed matter. A brochure, usually not sold, contains descriptive or advertising material, such as an annual report.

 

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Newspaper

Newspaper permission enables you to reproduce publisher's article or portion thereof in a printed newspaper that is distributed within the United States, the United Kingdom, or internationally.. A newspaper is a publication printed frequently (daily or weekly) containing current news, periodicals, commentaries, and advertising. Your newspaper must be published in broadsheet or tabloid format and can be distributed free of charge or for a fee to subscribers or retailers. Newspaper permission does not include online distribution (see website permission). Newspapers are measured in units printed (quantity).

 

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Photocopy

Photocopy rights permit you to photocopy publisher’s content according to the terms of the license granted. No content is delivered.

 

The following conditions apply to photocopies (a limit of 500 copies in English). For over 500 copies, you must purchase reprints. Please submit your reprint request online.

  1. The copies must be of high quality and match the standard of the original article.

  2. The copies must be a true reproduction word for word.

  3. No proprietary/trade names may be substituted.

  4. No additional text, tables or figures may be added to the original text.

  5. The integrity of the article should be preserved, ie, no advertisements will be printed on the article.

  6. The above permission does NOT include rights for any electronic reproduction - CD ROM, diskette or on-line services.

 

If your organization has a license to photocopy through Copyright Clearance Center or Copyright Licensing Agency, authorization to photocopy material for internal or personal use or internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by: BMJ to libraries and others registered with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) Transactional Reporting Service (www.copyright.com). This is provided the base fee (contact CCC for prices) is paid direct to CCC at:

 

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923.

Tel:+1 978 750 8400

 

Outside of North America, you may also contact the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) for the same services (www.cla.co.uk) at the following address:

 

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), 90 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1P 0LP, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)207 7631 5555 Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 5500

 

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Presentation/Slide Kit

Presentation/Slide Kit permission enables you to reproduce publisher's article or portion thereof in a presentation and/or Slide Kit.

 

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Reprints

Reprints are available directly from BMJ online.

 

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Thesis/Dissertation

A thesis/dissertation license authorizes an advanced degree candidate to republish the requested material in his/her doctoral thesis or dissertation.

 

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Website

A website permission enables the you to post a link on your Web site to the BMJ article. RightsLink manages the process by hosting the electronic copy of the article at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for the duration of time selected, generating a unique URL for you to post on your Web site, automating the renewal of the link, and expiring the link when the license expires.  

 

 

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Authors reuse of their own work

Authors of work published by BMJ

Can I post my article in full on my own website without permission?

Can I post my article in full on my employer’s website without permission?

Can I make copies of my article in full without permission?

Can I republish/adapt my article in full without permission?

Can I reproduce parts of my article in other works without permission?

Authors of work published by BMJ

Your publication licence allows you to post your article's URL on either your own or your employer's website, thereby giving users free access to the full text of your article on bmj.com. If your article is anything other than a research paper, you will need to purchase a digital reprint to ensure visitors have free access to the article. Alternatively, you can post the final PDF of your published article on either website.

 

In general, authors do not need permission to reproduce their own work; for full details refer to the terms in your Licence for Publication

Can I post my article in full on my own website without permission?

Yes but you may only post a copy of the accepted manuscript. You should also include the complete citation and a link to the journal’s website; alternatively you can purchase a digital reprint. See website for details.

Can I post my article in full on my employer’s website without permission?

Yes but you may only post a copy of the accepted manuscript. Your employer should be a non-commercial organisation (hospital, university, charity, government) and you must include the complete citation and a link to the journal’s website. If your employer is a commercial organisation they must seek permission.

Can I make copies of my article in full without permission?

Yes you may make up to 50 copies of your own work for personal or professional use (including teaching packs that are distributed free of charge within your own institution). For more than 50 copies you should seek permission; for more than 100 copies you should order reprints. Please submit your reprint request using this REPRINT ORDER FORM.

Can I republish/adapt my article in full without permission?

Yes you may reproduce the complete article in any language (with full acknowledgement) in a book written or edited by yourself (this does not apply to multiple contributions of works in the same journal for which permission must be sought).

Can I reproduce parts of my article in other works without permission?

Yes you may use selected figures, tables or text (up to 250 words) in any language without permission in another work written by yourself that is made part of an edited work published by a third party.

 

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Author Services: Open Access and Color Charges

BMJ offers its authors special services prior to journal publication. Authors will receive an e-mail containing a link to RightsLink which hosts a number of author-exclusive offers. Only those Author Services which are appropriate for the journal/article and/or which the author selected during manuscript submission are presented in RightsLink.

 

Under what form of license is the article published?

When are the charges determined?

What types of charges are available?

I’ve changed my mind.  I don’t want my manuscript to be printed in color after all.  What should I do?

I've changed my mind.  I don't want my manuscript to be made open access after all.  What should I do?

How do I pay my charges?

What institutional discounts are available?

Will taxes be applied to my charges?

 

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Under what form of license is the article published?

You will be asked to grant BMJ a license to publish your article as the final, definitive, and citable version of scholarly record. In turn, BMJ will make your article in its entirety freely available online immediately on publication, with no subscription fee or article pay-to-view fee, or any other form of access fee or any publication embargo being applied. You (or your employer) will retain copyright, and your own non-commercial re-use rights.

 

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When are the charges determined?

Upon acceptance of the author's article to a journal, authors will be asked whether they wish to take up the option of Open Access and/or Color Charges.

What types of charges are available?

Color Charges: Displayed in RightsLink according to author selection during manuscript submission to BMJ.  If selected, payment of Color Charges enables all figures in the article to appear in color in the printed version of the journal. If not selected, the article will be printed in black and white format. Note: Color Charges is not changeable and if selected during the submission process the order cannot be completed without the inclusion of this charge.  

 

Open Access: Displayed in RightsLink according to author selection during manuscript submission to BMJ. If selected, Open Access enables authors to pay a fee for their article to be viewable on the web without a subscription. If not selected, no Open Access fee will display in RightsLink. Note: Open Access charges are not changeable and if selected during the submission process the order cannot be completed without the inclusion of this charge.  

I’ve changed my mind.  I don’t want my manuscript to be printed in color after all.  What should I do?

Changes to your instructions regarding color in print may be made by e-mailing requests.scholarone@bmjgroup.com

 

I've changed my mind.  I don't want my manuscript to be made open access after all.  What should I do?

 

Changes to your instructions regarding open access may be made by e-mailing requests.scholarone@bmjgroup.com

How do I pay my charges?

Charges maybe paid for with a credit card or by invoicing.  See Payment and Pricing for additional information.

 

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What institutional discounts are available?

A number of institutions have taken out Open Access Memberships with BMJ, which either covers the entire cost of open access publishing for authors at participating institutes, or allows authors to receive a discount on the article-processing charge. Please visit BMJ's Open Access page to see a full list of participating institutions, find out if you are eligible and how to obtain your discount code. You will be able to add your unique institutional waiver/discount code in the 'customer code' section on the Review Order page of RightsLink.

 

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Will taxes be applied to my charges?

Please note that Open Access charges and color charges are subject to VAT (Value Added Tax) for UK and European Union customers.  When applicable, charges will be displayed prior to order confirmation and in the receipt details upon completion of order.

 

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