Transfer of Copyright


1 The authors of the accepted papers need to sign a copyright form for the papers accepted by DLINE journals.


2 Grant of Rights

The Author/Editor grants (for U.S. or U.K. government employees: to the extent transferable according to applicable law or regulations) to the Publisher (respective to the owner if other than the Publisher) the following rights to the Article, including any supplemental material, and any parts, extracts or elements thereof:

  • the right to reproduce and distribute the Article in printed form, including print-on-demand;
  • the right to produce prepublications, reprints, and special editions of the Article;
  • the right to translate the Article into other languages;
  • the right to reproduce the Article using photomechanical or similar means including, but not limited to photocopy, and the right to distribute these reproductions;
  • the right to reproduce and distribute the Article electronically or optically on any and all data carriers or storage media – especially in machine readable/digitalized form on data carriers such as hard drive, CD-Rom, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), Mini-Disk, data tape – and the right to reproduce and distribute the Article via these data carriers; the right to store the Article in databases, including online databases, and the right of transmission of the Article in all technical systems and modes; the right to make the Article available to the public or to closed user groups on individual demand, for use on monitors or other readers (including e-books), and in printable form for the user, either via the internet, other online services, or via internal or external networks.
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The rights pursuant to clause 2.1 shall be granted as exclusive rights for the duration of the copyright, each unlimited in geographic scope. Should the Author wish to reproduce and distribute the Article elsewhere after one year following publication, the Author must obtain the written consent of the Publisher. Taking into account the interests on both sides, the Publisher shall not unreasonably withhold its consent. If the Article is submitted by the Editor, the Editor shall inform the Author(s) of this provision.

The Publisher may transfer the rights granted to it pursuant to clauses 2.1 and 2.2 in whole or in part to third parties, or may grant licenses to third parties to use rights to which it is entitled.

The Author/Editor furthermore grants the Publisher the exclusive and permanent rights without any restriction as to content and territory for all forms of media of expression now known or that will be developed in the future. The grant of rights shall also extend to the exploitation of rights of use both in the Publisher’s own publishing company and through the grant (including a partial grant) of rights to third parties in exchange for remuneration or free of charge.

Obligations of the Author/Editor

The Author/Editor warrants that a) Author is the Author of the Article or, if Editor, Editor has properly and irrevocably acquired without restriction any and all rights in and to the Article to the extent as stated in clause 2.1.; b) Author/Editor is entitled without restriction to grant such rights to the Publisher; c) the Article is not libelous and does not infringe on any copyrights, performing rights, trademark rights, personal rights or any other third party rights or is otherwise unlawful; and d) the Article or substantial parts thereof have not been published elsewhere.
The Author will indemnify the Publisher against any costs, expenses, or damages, including reasonable attorney's fees, which the Publisher may incur or for which the Publisher may become liable as a result of a breach of the warranties. These representations and warranties will survive the termination of this Agreement and may be extended to third parties by the Publisher.

4 Retention of Rights

The Author/Editor may deposit an Author-created version of the Article on Author’s/Editor’s funder’s or funder’s designated repository at the funder’s request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 2 weeks after publication. The Author/Editor may only post the Article provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published Article on Publisher’s website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: “The final publication is available at The Author/Editor is requested to use the appropriate DOI for the Article.

Backup Copy

The Author/Editor shall be obliged to retain a back-up copy of the manuscript (data file and print out or PDF, as well as copy for illustrations).


Upon receiving the proofs, the Author/Editor agrees to promptly check the proofs carefully, correct any typographical errors, and authorize the publication of the corrected proofs.