Copyright Policy

Download a PDF version of our Copyright Policy here: JYI Copyright Policy.

COPYRIGHT

The Journal of Young Investigators (JYI) is committed to the broadest and most effective distribution of our authors’ work. As part of this commitment, the copyright for our peer-reviewed research articles and reviews is retained by the author(s). JYI assumes that manuscripts submitted for peer-review have been approved by all listed authors; any changes to the author list after submission must be confirmed via email by all authors. JYI retains copyright for the journalistic articles published by our Science and Career Center and our News and Features Department.

RIGHT OF FIRST PUBLICATION

Upon article submission, the author(s) are asked to upload a signed copy of the JYI author agreement. As part of this agreement, the author(s) acknowledge that the publication of the manuscript is contingent upon their cooperation with JYI editors throughout the peer-review process. If the manuscript passes peer-review and is accepted for publication, the author(s) also agree to transfer the right of first publication to JYI. This means that the author(s) certify that the manuscript in question has not been published in whole or in part in another publication, and that JYI will not accept a retraction request for an accepted manuscript unless evidence of invalid reported results is presented.

LICENSING

As part of our commitment to the widest-possible distribution of scientific literature, we have embraced the Creative Commons attribution licenses for the work that we publish. These are the standard Open Access licenses adopted by many publications around the world. Six Creative Commons attribution licenses currently exist, with various optional clauses to tailor the liberality of the license to the authors’ preferences.

The author(s) of our peer-reviewed research articles are given the freedom to choose one of these six licenses for their work upon manuscript submission. The journalistic articles published by our Science and Career Center and our News and Features Department are licensed with the CC BY attribution license. More information on the Creative Commons attribution licenses and their specific legal code can be found here: http://creativecommons.org
These licenses are:

  • CC BY: This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
  • CC BY-SA: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

  • CC BY-ND: This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

  • CC BY-NC: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

  • CC BY-NC-SA: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

  • CC BY-NC-ND: This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially. 

ADDENDA, CORRECTIONS, ERRATA AND RETRACTIONS

An addendum is a peer-reviewed addition of information to an already published paper. Requests for such changes must be addressed directly to the Senior Research Editor (sre@jyi.org) and Editor-in-Chief (eic@jyi.org). All coauthors must sign a statement approving such an addendum, and the Senior Research Editor and Editor-in-Chief have the right to decline the request if the proposed change is not deemed as crucial to the understanding of the original publication.

A corrigendum is a correction of an error made by the author(s) of an already published paper. Requests for such changes must be addressed directly to the Senior Research Editor (sre@jyi.org) and Editor-in-Chief (eic@jyi.org). All coauthors must sign a statement approving such a corrigendum. If any coauthors decline to approve the request, JYI retains the right to consult independent peer- reviewers before granting the request; in the event of the correction’s publication, dissenting authors will be indicated.

An erratum is an error made by the journal in the final published version of a paper. Requests for such changes must be addressed directly to the Senior Research Editor (sre@jyi.org) and Editor-in-Chief (eic@jyi.org), who have the right to decline the request if the proposed change is not deemed as crucial to the understanding of the original publication.

A retraction is an acknowledgement of invalid data in an already published manuscript. Requests for such changes must be addressed directly to the Senior Research Editor (sre@jyi.org) and Editor-in-Chief (eic@jyi.org). All coauthors must sign a statement approving such a retraction. If any coauthors decline to approve the request, JYI retains the right to consult independent peer-reviewers before granting the request; in the event of the retraction’s approval, dissenting authors will be indicated.

REPRINTS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

Requests for reprints of JYI articles must be addressed directly to the Senior Research Editor and Editor-in-Chief at sre@jyi.org and eic@jyi.org, as well as the article’s corresponding author if the article’s licensing terms prohibit its free reprinting in the requested context. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to respond to inquiries regarding the article and to notify JYI if their contact information changes from what is published with the paper. If a primary author ceases to respond to revision requests from JYI’s editors during the peer-review process, JYI reserves the right to contact any other authors listed on the publication for information on the primary author’s contact information and revision status. 

Any questions concerning JYI’s copyright policy should be directed to the Senior Research Editor at sre@jyi.org

Looking for a place to publish your research? Are you an undergraduate? If so, you’re in the right place. JYI accepts undergraduate research articles on a rolling basis, so manuscripts can be submitted at any time.
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