Copyright and Licencing Policies


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Contributors to SOTL in the South retain copyright over their contributed material, but grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship along with its initial publication in SOTL in the South.  Contributors are welcome to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published version of their work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository), provided this includes acknowledgement of the initial publication in SOTL in the South.  Finally, contributors are encouraged to post their published work online (e.g., in institutional repositories, on platforms such as ResearchGate, or on contributors’ personal or institutional web pages), as this may lead to greater citation of the published work. Again, in this instance, it is important to acknowledge the initial publication in SOTL in the South. Each article's DOI can be used to link back to the original publication in SOTL in the South.


The authors warrant that their contribution is an original work not published elsewhere, that they have the full power to make this grant and that the article contains no matter unlawful or which invades the right to privacy or infringes any proprietary right.


Reproducing Published Material from other Publishers

It is absolutely essential that authors obtain permission to reproduce any published material (figures, schemes, tables or any extract of a text) which does not fall into the public domain, or for which they do not hold the copyright. Permission should be requested by the authors from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher; please refer to the imprint of the individual publications to identify the copyright holder).


Permission is required for:

1. Your own works published by other Publishers and for which you did not retain copyright.

2. Substantial extracts from anyone's works or a series of works.

3. Use of tables, graphs, charts, schemes and artworks if they are unaltered or slightly modified.

4. Photographs for which you do not hold copyright.


Permission is not required for:

1. Reconstruction of your own table with data already published elsewhere. Please notice that in this case you must cite the source of the data in the form of either “Data from…” or “Adapted from…”.

2. Reasonably short quotes, as they are considered fair use.

3. Graphs, charts, schemes and artworks that are completely redrawn by the authors and significantly changed beyond recognition.


Obtaining Permission

In order to avoid unnecessary delays in the publication process, you should start obtaining permissions as early as possible. If in any doubt about the copyright, apply for permission. SOTL in the South cannot publish material from other publications without permission.

The copyright holder may give you instructions on the form of acknowledgement to be followed; otherwise follow the style: “Reproduced with permission from [author], [book/journal title]; published by [publisher], [year].’ at the end of the caption of the Table, Figure or Scheme.

Authors should understand that consistent with SOTL in the South's policy of encouraging dissemination of information, each work published by SOTL in the South appears with the SOTLs copyright and the following notice:

“Intellectual properties and scientific inventions published with Sotls are protected under International and National Copyright Laws and Treaties. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than Sotls must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee.”