Journals Contributor Agreement

The below terms are made freely available to prospectus authors before submitting to either of the following journals:


Upon acceptance the journal Editor will send and request the corresponding author to sign the UCL Press Academic Journal Contributor Agreement letter of agreement.

All journal articles published in a UCL Press journal are published open access and are immediately and freely available to access and download, as licensed under the CC-BY 4.0 that allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work. Further information can be found at

The CC-BY license allows for unrestricted reuse of content given proper attribution to the original author of the work is made.

Please note that the Publisher cannot proceed to publication of the Article if the UCL Press Academic Journal Contributor Agreement letter of agreement is not signed by the Corresponding Contributor Author.

1. Where the Article has been co-authored by Co-Authors (as detailed above) then the Corresponding Contributing Author hereby declares that he/she is authorised by all of the Co-Authors to enter into this agreement on the Co-Authors' behalf, and references to "you" and "your" in this agreement shall be construed as references to the Contributing Author and all of the Co-Authors.  The Contributing Author shall indemnify the Publisher for any losses arising as a result of a failure to obtain any Co-Author's express prior permission to enter into this Agreement.

2. In consideration of the mutual benefits to be derived by the parties pursuant to this agreement and subject to the terms and conditions herein contained you hereby grant to the Publisher the exclusive right to publish the Article under a publisher's imprint and to be referred to as the first publisher of the Article.

3. You warrant to the Publisher that:

    • the Article is original to you except for such excerpts of other works as may be included with written permission of the copyright owner;
    • the Article is not under consideration for publication anywhere else nor been published in any form (other than under the terms of any open access licence granted by you to the institution of which you are a member of faculty or employee, including the licence known as the UK Scholarly Communications Licence), and that publishing the Article will in no way whatever give rise to violation of any existing copyright or a breach of any existing agreement, including any contract of employment;
    • the Article contains nothing unlawful or libellous and is in no way a breach of confidence or of any commitment given to secrecy, and that all statements in the Article purporting to be facts are true at the time of publication and that any recipe, formula or instruction contained in the Article will not, if followed accurately, cause injury or illness or damage to the user;
    • you accept responsibility for obtaining permission for publication in the Article, at your expense, any textual and/or illustrative material in which copyright vests in any other person or party.  Permission will be for the right to use the said material in the Article published by the Publisher.  You shall make available to the Publisher upon request any permissions so obtained for publication of copyrighted material;
    • all such third party material referred to above is clearly and appropriately acknowledged in the Article;
    • the Article shall comply with the Publisher's publishing guidelines (if any and as may be revised from time to time).  A copy of the current guidelines (if any) shall be made available to you upon request; and
    • you undertake to indemnify the Publisher against any claims, loss, damage or costs, including any legal costs properly incurred, occasioned to the Publishers in consequence of any breach of the warranties set out in this Paragraph 2 or arising out of any claim alleging that the Article constitutes a breach of these warranties

4. The Publisher may decline to publish the Article if it does not meet the Publisher's requirements. If the Publisher so declines, it may terminate this agreement on written notice to you.

5. Without prejudice to the provisions of Paragraph 3, the Author hereby grants the Publisher a licence of the Article in accordance with the terms of the CC Licence referred to above.  In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of this Agreement and the terms of the CC Licence, the terms of this agreement shall, to the extent of any inconsistency, prevail.

6. You shall not during the continuance of this agreement publish or permit publication of the Article under any third party publisher's imprint.  If the Article is published under another publisher's imprint after termination or expiry of this agreement, you shall procure that such publication is accompanied by a statement that the Article was first published by the Publisher in the Journal.

7. You acknowledge that you are not entitled to any royalty payment whatsoever in connection with any publication of the Article, regardless of whether you are an employee of the Publisher or not.

8. The warranties and indemnities set out in this agreement shall survive the termination of this agreement.

9. This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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