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Authors' Rights and Responsibilities
At ASME, we're dedicated to protecting your rights as an author, and ensuring that any and all legal information and copyright regulations are addressed.
- Authors' rights
As a journal author, you retain rights for a large number of author uses, including use by your employing institute or company. These rights are retained and permitted without the need to obtain specific permission from ASME. These include:
˙ the right to make copies (print or electronic) of the journal article for your own personal use, including for your own classroom teaching use;
˙ the right to make copies and distribute copies (including via e-mail) of the journal article to research colleagues, for personal use by such colleagues for scholarly purposes;
˙ the right to post a pre-print version of the journal article on Internet web sites including electronic pre-print servers, and to retain indefinitely such version on such servers or sites for scholarly purposes;
˙ the right to post a revised personal version of the text of the final journal article (to reflect changes made in the peer review process) on your personal or institutional web site or server for scholarly purposes, incorporating the complete citation;
˙ the right to present the journal article at a meeting or conference and to distribute copies of such paper or article to the delegates attending the meeting;
˙ for your employer, if the journal article is a ‘work for hire’, made within the scope of the author’s employment, the right to use all or part of the information in any version of the journal article for other intra-company use;
patent and trademark rights and rights to any process or procedure described in the journal article;
the right to include the journal article, in full or in part, in a thesis or dissertation;
the right to use the journal article or any part thereof in a printed compilation of your works, such as collected writings or lecture notes (subsequent to publication of the article in the journal); and
the right to prepare other derivative works, to extend the journal article into book-length form, or to otherwise re-use portions or excerpts in other works, with full acknowledgement of its original publication in the journal.
Commercial purposes and systematic distribution
Authors of ASME-published articles may not use or post them for commercial purposes or under policies or other mechanisms designed to aggregate and openly disseminate manuscripts or articles or to substitute for journal-provided services. This includes the use or posting of articles for commercial gain or to substitute for the services provided directly by the journal including the posting by companies of their employee-authored works for use by customers of such companies; commercial exploitation such as directly associating advertising with such postings; the charging of fees for document delivery or access; the systematic distribution to others via e-mail lists or list servers, whether for a fee or for free; the posting of links to sponsored articles by commercial third parties including pharmaceutical companies; institutional, funding body or government manuscript posting policies or mandates that aim to aggregate and openly distribute the accepted, peer reviewed manuscripts or published journal articles authored by its researchers or funded researchers; and subject repositories that aim to aggregate and openly distribute accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published journal articles authored by researchers in specific subject areas.
When ASME changes its policies to enable greater academic use of journal materials or to clarify the rights retained by journal authors, ASME is usually prepared to extend those rights retroactively with respect to articles published in journal issues produced prior to the policy change. ASME is pleased to confirm that, unless explicitly noted to the contrary, all policies apply retrospectively to previously published journal content.
ASME request transfer of copyright
The research community needs certainty with respect to the validity of scientific papers, which is normally obtained through the editing and peer review processes. The scientific record must be clear and unambiguous. ASME believes that, by obtaining copyright transfer, it will always be clear to researchers that when they access an ASME site to review a paper, they are reading a final version of the paper which has been edited, peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in an appropriate journal. This eliminates any ambiguity or uncertainty about ASME's ability to distribute, sub-license and protect the article from unauthorized copying, unauthorized distribution, and plagiarism.
Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest may exist when an author or the author's institution has a financial or other relationship with other people or organizations that may inappropriately influence the author’s work. A conflict can be actual or potential and full disclosure to the Journal is the safest course. All submissions to the Journal must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. The Journal may use such information as a basis for editorial decisions and may publish such disclosures if they are believed to be important to readers in judging the manuscript. A decision may be made by the Journal not to publish on the basis of the declared conflict.
Disclosure Statement for Authors
At the end of the text, under a subheading “Disclosure Statement”, all authors must disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three (3) years of beginning the work submitted that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest possible stage.
If funding has been provided, all sources of funding must be declared. This declaration should be made in a separate section of the text and placed before the References. Authors must describe the role of the study sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.
Patient of Image
Studies on patients or volunteers required ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in your paper.
If you wish to include images of patients or case details in an ASME publication, you will need to adhere to the following requirements:
In order to comply with data protection and privacy rules, each individual who appears in any video, recording, photograph or case report must be made aware in advance of the fact that such photographs are being taken or such video, recording or report is being made and of all of the purposes for which you wish to use them and that individual must give his/her explicit written consent. If such consent is made subject to any conditions, ASME must be made aware of all such conditions. Written consents must be provided to ASME on request.
Particular care should be taken where children are concerned, where a patient's head or face appears or if any reference is made to a patient's name or other personal details.
PDF file of article
Many ASME journals are now offering authors e-offprints – free electronic versions of published articles. E-offprints are watermarked PDF versions, and are usually delivered within 24 hours, much quicker than print copies. These PDFs may not be posted to public websites.
As an author, you may wish to use references you have found in other publications. Conversely, you may be seeking information on using an ASME-published work as a reference.
- Authors' responsibilities
ASME cares as much about the clarity and professionalism of your manuscript as you do. In our language editing pages, you will find many of the resources we have in place to help you, and us, prepare your manuscript for publication.
Peer Review Process
When you submit your manuscript to ASME, it is distributed to a selection of your peers for review and acceptance. ASME finds this method invaluable to the integrity and quality of your published works. Read more about the importance of peer review on Reviewers' Home.
All authors who publish with ASME receive, or have the chance to purchase, offprints of their published article.
ASME is pleased to offer authors a significant discount on other ASME publications. It's another way we show our authors how valuable we think they are.
Find out about our policy on the removal or retraction of a published article and the circumstances that may cause this to occur.
Read about ASME's perspective on the Impact Factor.