Publication Agreement - Chapters

IntechOpen aims to ensure that original material is published while at the same time giving significant freedom to our Authors. To that end we maintain a flexible Copyright Policy guaranteeing that there is no transfer of copyright to the publisher and Authors retain exclusive copyright to their Work.

When submitting a manuscript, the Author is required to accept the Terms and Conditions set out in our Publication Agreement – Chapters below:


Subject to the following Article, the Author grants, and shall ensure that each Co-Author grants, to IntechOpen during the full term of copyright, and any extensions or renewals of that term, the following rights:

  • An irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, sublicensable, non-exclusive right to publish, communicate to the public, reproduce, republish, transmit, sell, distribute and otherwise use and make available the Work in whole, partial, or adapted from and/or incorporated in or in conjunction with other works, in electronic and print editions of the Publication and in derivative works, as well as on any platform owned and/or operated by IntechOpen throughout the world, in all languages, and in all media and formats now known, or  developed in the future.
  • An irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, sublicensable, non-exclusive right to create and store electronic archival copies of the Work, including the right to deposit the Work in open access digital repositories.
  • An irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, sublicensable, non-exclusive right to license others to reproduce, translate, republish, transmit and distribute the Work in whole, partial, or adapted from and/or incorporated in, or in conjunction with, other works under the condition that the Author and Co-Authors are fully attributed (currently, this is secured by publishing the Work under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License).

The foregoing licenses shall survive the expiry or termination of this Publication Agreement for any reason.

The Author, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of any Co-Authors, reserves the following rights in the Work but agrees not to exercise them in such a way as to adversely affect IntechOpen's ability to utilize the full benefit of this Publication Agreement: (i) reprographic rights worldwide, other than those which subsist in the typographical arrangement of the Work as published by IntechOpen; and (ii) public lending rights arising under the Public Lending Right Act 1979, as amended from time to time, and any similar rights arising in any part of the world.

The Author, and any Co-Author, confirms that they are, and will remain, a member of any applicable licensing and collecting society and any successor to that body responsible for administering royalties for the reprographic reproduction of copyright works.

Subject to the license granted above, copyright in the Work and all versions of it created during IntechOpen's editing process, including the published version is retained by the Author and any Co-Authors.

Subject to the license granted above, the Author and Co-Authors retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights to the Work.

All rights granted to IntechOpen in this Article are assignable, sublicensable or otherwise transferrable to third parties without the specific approval of the Author or Co-Authors.

The Author, on his or her own behalf and on behalf of any Co-Authors, will not assert any rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to object to derogatory treatment of the Work as a consequence of IntechOpen's changes to the Work arising from translation of it, corrections and edits for house style, removal of problematic material and other reasonable edits as determined by IntechOpen.


When distributing or re-publishing the Work, the Author agrees to credit the Publication in which the Work has been published as the source of first publication, as well as IntechOpen. The Author guarantees that Co-Authors will also credit the Publication in which the Work has been published as the source of first publication, as well as IntechOpen, when they are distributing or re-publishing the Work.

The Author agrees to:

  • Submit the Work as a complete book Chapter manuscript in a form that will comply with all instructions and guidelines issued by IntechOpen;
  • Submit the Work to be produced with all due skill, care and diligence, and in accordance with good scientific practice;
  • Submit all corrections in due time as set out during the publishing process.

The Author is responsible for the payment of the Open Access Publishing Fees.

All payments shall be due 30 days from the date of issue of the invoice. The Author or whoever is paying on behalf of the Author and Co-Authors will bear all banking and similar charges incurred.

The Author shall obtain in writing all consents necessary for the reproduction of any material in which a third-party right exists, including quotations, photographs and illustrations, in all editions of the Work worldwide for the full term of the above licenses, and shall provide to IntechOpen, at its request, the original copies of such consents for inspection or photocopies of such consents.

The Author shall obtain written informed consent for publication from those who might recognize themselves or be identified by others, for example, from case reports or photographs.

The Author shall respect confidentiality during and after the termination of this Agreement. The information contained in all correspondence and documents as part of the publishing activity between IntechOpen and the Authors and Co-Authors are confidential and are intended only for the recipients. The contents of any communication may not be disclosed publicly and are not intended for unauthorized use or distribution. Any use, disclosure, copying, or distribution is prohibited and may be unlawful.


The Author and Co-Authors confirm and warrant that the Work does not and will not breach any applicable law or the rights of any third party and, specifically, that the Work contains no matter that is defamatory or that infringes any literary or proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, or any rights of privacy.

The Author and Co-Authors confirm and warrant that: (i) the Work is their original work and is not copied wholly or substantially from any other work or material or any other source; (ii) the Work has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal or in a book or edited collection, and is not under consideration for any such publication; (iii) Authors and any applicable Co-Authors are qualifying persons under section 154 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; (iv) Authors and any applicable Co-Authors have not assigned, and will not during the term of this Publication Agreement, or purport to assign any of the rights granted to IntechOpen under this Publication Agreement; and (v) the rights granted by this Publication Agreement are free from any security interest, option, mortgage, charge or lien.

The Author and Co-Authors also confirm and warrant that: (i) he/she has the power to enter into this Publication Agreement on his or her own behalf and on behalf of each Co-Author; and (ii) has the necessary rights and/or title in and to the Work to grant IntechOpen, on behalf of themselves and any Co-Author, the rights and licenses granted in this Publication Agreement. If the Work was prepared jointly by the Author and Co-Authors, the Author and Co-Authors confirm and warrant that: (i) all Co-Authors agree to the submission, license and publication of the Work on the terms of this Publication Agreement; and (ii) they have the authority to enter into this binding Publication Agreement on behalf of each Co-Author. The Author shall: (i) ensure each Co-Author complies with all relevant provisions of this Publication Agreement, including those relating to confidentiality, performance and standards, as if a party to this Publication Agreement; and (ii) remain primarily liable for all acts and/or omissions of each Co-Author.

The Author agrees to indemnify IntechOpen for all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses, as well as all reasonable legal costs and expenses suffered or incurred by IntechOpen arising out of, or in connection with, any breach of the agreed confirmations and warranties. This indemnity shall not apply in a situation in which a claim results from IntechOpen's negligence or willful misconduct.

Nothing in this Publication Agreement shall have the effect of excluding or limiting any liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by applicable law.


IntechOpen has the right to terminate this Publication Agreement for quality, program, technical or other reasons with immediate effect, including, without limitation: (i) if the Author and/or any Co-Author materially breaches this Publication Agreement; (ii) if the Author and/or any individual Co-Author is the subject of a bankruptcy petition, application or order; or (iii) if the  Author and/or any corporate Co-Author commences negotiations with all or any class of its creditors with a view to rescheduling any of its debts, or makes a proposal for, or enters into, any compromise or arrangement with any of its creditors.

In the event of termination, IntechOpen will notify the Author of the decision in writing.


Unless prevented from doing so by events beyond its reasonable control, IntechOpen, at its discretion, agrees to publish the Work attributing it to the Author and Co-Authors.

IntechOpen has the right to include/use the Author and Co-Authors´ names and likeness in connection with scientific dissemination, retrieval, archiving, web hosting and promotion, and marketing of the Work and has the right to contact the Author and Co-Authors until, and while, the Work is publicly available on any platform owned and/or operated by IntechOpen.

IntechOpen is granted the authority to enforce the rights from this Publication Agreement on behalf of the Author and Co-Authors against third parties, for example in cases of plagiarism or copyright infringements. In respect of any such infringement or suspected infringement of the copyright in the Work, IntechOpen shall have absolute discretion in addressing any such infringement that is likely to affect IntechOpen's rights under this Publication Agreement, including issuing and conducting proceedings against the alleged infringer.


Further Assurance: The Author shall ensure that any relevant third party, including any Co-Author, shall execute and deliver whatever further documents or deeds and perform such acts as IntechOpen reasonably requires from time to time for the purpose of providing IntechOpen the full benefit of the provisions of this Publication Agreement.

Third Party Rights: A person who is not a party to this Publication Agreement may not enforce any of its provisions under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

Entire Agreement: This Publication Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties in relation to its subject matter. It replaces all prior agreements, draft agreements, arrangements, collateral warranties, collateral contracts, statements, assurances, representations and undertakings of any nature made by or on behalf of the parties, whether oral or written, in relation to that subject matter. Each party acknowledges that in entering into this Publication Agreement it has not relied upon any oral or written statements, collateral or other warranties, assurances, representations or undertakings which were made by or on behalf of the other party in relation to the subject matter of this Publication Agreement at any time before its signature (known as the "Pre-Contractual Statements"), other than those which are set out in this Publication Agreement. Each party hereby waives all rights and remedies which might otherwise be available to it in relation to such Pre-Contractual Statements. Nothing in this clause shall exclude or restrict the liability of either party arising out of any fraudulent pre-contract misrepresentation or concealment.

Waiver: No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under this Publication Agreement, or by law, shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

Variation: No variation of this Publication Agreement shall have effect unless it is in writing and signed by the parties, or by their duly authorized representatives.

Severance: If any provision, or part-provision, of this Publication Agreement is, or becomes, invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted.

Any modification to, or deletion of, a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remainder of this Publication Agreement.

No partnership: Nothing in this Publication Agreement is intended to, or shall be deemed to, establish or create any partnership or joint venture or the relationship of principal and agent or employer and employee between IntechOpen and the Author or any Co-Author, nor authorize any party to make or enter into any commitments for, or on behalf of, any other party.

Governing law: This Publication Agreement and any dispute or claim, including non-contractual disputes or claims arising out of, or in connection with it, or its subject matter or formation, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of England and Wales. The parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts to settle any dispute or claim arising out of, or in connection with, this Publication Agreement, including any non-contractual disputes or claims.

Policy last updated: 2018-09-11