The following guidelines and regulations apply to all academic journals and collected editions published by Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (hereinafter “Nomos Publishing”). Any exceptions to the following guidelines can be found in the legal notice of the respective print copies. Regulations stipulated in individual contractual relationships and Creative Commons licences for Open Access publications always take precedence.
1. Author Rights and Publisher Rights
The complete contents of an academic journal, including individual contributions and illustrations contained therein, is protected by copyright laws. Any use not explicitly permitted by copyright laws is expressly forbidden and requires prior permission from the publishing house or, in the case of contributions on the Open Access network, of the author in question.
2. Grant of Rights
If and when a title is accepted for publication, the author grants his or her rights to the publisher who then has exclusive (in the case of Open Access publications ‘simple’), unrestricted rights to the work in all forms and all media, irrespective of time and location. This includes but is not limited to the rights to reproduce and distribute physical copies of the work, to reproduce and make the work public, to include it in databases and to store it on electronic data carriers for the full term of the statutory copyright (including all renewals and extensions of that term). This includes forms of use that are presently unknown at this time or developed at any time in the future.
3. Secondary Use Rights and Self-Archiving
After the duration of twelve months, the author is permitted to publish the manuscript of his or her work under the regulations specified in § 38(1) Sentence 2 and (2) of the German Copyright Act (hereinafter UrhG).
The aforementioned regulations do not affect author rights to archive accepted manuscripts of academic contributions 12 months after their initial release (‘post-print’, not ‘Publisher PDF’) (cf. § 38(4) UrhG). Beyond the provisions of the UrhG, it is irrelevant if the work had been largely sponsored by public research funds (50% and above). Self-archiving rights extend to both contributions to academic journals and collected editions, for which the author is not entitled to remuneration.
Authors retain the rights to post the pre-submitted versions of their work (‘pre-prints’) on their author’s homepage and the homepage of their affiliated research institution with immediate effect. Should the work be accepted for publication, Nomos Publishing recommends replacing the pre-print with the published work or referring to the published work in the appendix.
The publication of the pre-print and post-print on platforms of commercial providers (such as ResearchGate or Academia.edu – Share research ) and the public dissemination of the published version (Version of Record/Published Version/Publisher PDF) is impermissible. However, authors are entitled to pass on the pre-print and post-print to third parties in accordance with regulations governing private copies (§ 53 UrhG).
The author is obliged to indicate the publication source of the initial release when making use of either his or her rights to secondary use or self-archive via a link to the electronic publication, i.e. to the DOI, unless otherwise specified.
Nomos Publishing is a “green publisher”, despite the revised version of the SHERPA/RoMEO resouce having made this distinction redundant. Nomos Publishing adheres to the self-archiving policies detailed by the current version of the SHERPA/RoMEO source.
The rights stated under Pointer 1. are, insofar as author royalties are paid for publications, fully compensated by the agreed upon one-off lump-sum payment. Revenue-based royalties for print editions apply equally to digital editions and are invoiced at the same frequency.
Nomos Publishing assumes that the waiver of royalties results in a lower grant requirement for publications which are financed by grants from authors, publishers or third parties. Therefore, separate remuneration claims can only be staked if new forms of use are involved and/or the revenues generated by an existing form of use have markedly increased.
5. Statutory Remuneration (VG WORT)
The author may independently contact the Collection Management Organisation (VG WORT), regarding his or her journal contribution and thus receive his or her statutory remuneration. This applies to both the print edition and the digital edition (METIS). All corresponding questions should be addressed directly to VG WORT.
6. Manuscript Submissions
Unsolicited manuscripts – for which no liability is assumed – are considered publication proposals on the publisher’s terms. The editors reserve the right to a longer review period. No liability will be accepted in the event of damage or loss. Only unpublished original work shall be accepted. The author agrees to any revision or editing of his or her work, provided the meaning of the text is not altered in any way.
Contributions identified by name reflect the opinion of the respective author and do not always reflect the opinion of Nomos Publishing.
7. Press Reviews
Nomos Publishing cannot guarantee the return of unsolicited contributions submitted for review, nor can Nomos Publishing guarantee that these reviews shall be discussed. Excerpts are used in accordance with the guidelines governing the use of press reviews as stipulated by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.), as of Sep. 2013.