Like many other scientific publishers Springer requires authors to transfer the copyright prior to publication for subscription articles. This permits Springer to reproduce, publish, distribute and archive the article in print and electronic form and to defend against improper use of the article. By signing the Copyright Transfer Statement you still retain substantial rights, such as self-archiving.
Creative Commons with Open Access
Publishing an article with open access leaves the copyright with the author. You can choose to publish your article open access in Springer’s Open Choice program or one of our SpringerOpen journals. The article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which allows users to read, copy, distribute and make derivative works from the material, as long as the author of the original work is cited.
US government or The Crown employees:
If you are employed by the US government or The Crown, you will be able to request to not transfer copyright in the MyPublication stage. Once you specify the name of your employer, you don’t have to sign the copyright transfer statement.
Copyright Transfer Statement Example
The copyright to this article is transferred to The Japan Society of Human Genetics and Springer-Verlag (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) effective if and when the article is accepted for publication. The author warrants that his/her contribution is original and that he/she has full power to make this grant. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, microform, electronic form (offline, online) or any other reproductions of similar nature.
An author may self-archive an author-created version of his/her article on his/her own website and his/her institutions repository, including his/her final version; however he/she may not use the publisher's PDF version which is posted on www.springerlink.com. Furthermore, the author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com."
The author is requested to use the appropriate DOI for the article (go to the Linking Options in the article, then to OpenURL and use the link with the DOI). Articles disseminated via www.springerlink.com are indexed, abstracted and referenced by many abstracting and information services, bibliographic networks, subscription agencies, library networks and consortia.
After submission of this agreement signed by the corresponding author, changes of authorship or in the order of the authors listed will not be accepted by Springer.