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Academic Journal

It is a peer-reviewed periodical in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published. Academic journals serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, and the critique of existing research.

Author Addendum

A legal instrument that modifies the publisher's agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles.

Author Rights

A bundle of rights which are part of copyright law, such as right to share, use, reuse, modify, perform and remix.



The exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator or creator or author for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

An agreement between authors and publishers, where authors transfer some exclusive rights to publishers.



Jointly, post-prints and preprints are called eprints.


Indexing & Abstracting Service

It is a service that provides shortening or summarizing of documents and assigning of descriptors for referencing documents.


Licence to Publish

An exclusive right authors grant to publishers.


A permission or authorization that ensures licensors gets the credit for their work.



A digital draft of a journal article after it has been peer reviewed.

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