Publication Ethics

Licenses and Copyright

JMAS publishes articles and other works under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( You agree to have the CC BY license applied to your work if you submit your paper to JMAS for publication. As the author, you agree that anybody can use your article in whole or in part for any purpose, for free, even for commercial reasons, under the terms of this Open Access license. The content can be copied, distributed, or reused by anybody as long as the author and original source are correctly credited. This allows for greater re-use flexibility and ensures that JMAS content can be mined without restriction for research purposes. If you have written authorization to do so, yes. If your manuscript contains content that you or your co-authors do not own, such as photos, images, figures, tables, audio files, videos, and so on, we will require you to provide proof that the owner of that content (a) has given you written permission to use it and (b) has agreed to the CC BY license being applied to it. We provide a form on which you can request and receive authorization from the owner. If you do not have permission from the content’s owner, we will ask you to remove it and/or replace it with content that you own or have right to use. Don’t assume you can use any anything you find on the Internet or that the content is free to use, just because the owner or license terms aren’t clear. It’s up to you to figure out what, if any, rights you have to utilize that stuff. Many authors believe that because they previously published a paper with another publisher, they control the rights to that information and can freely use it in their PLOS paper, but this isn’t always the case — it all relies on the license that covers the other paper. Some publishers, such as those who employ the CC BY license, allow for unfettered re-use of their article content. Other publishers utilize licenses that only allow re-use if the individual or publisher re-using the content also uses the same license. You may use the content in your JMAS paper if the work was published under a CC BY or another license that permits for free and unlimited use, as long as you offer correct acknowledgement, as indicated above. You must determine what rights you have under the license if the content was published under a more restricted license. At the very least, check the license to make sure you’re allowed to utilize the content. If you have any issues concerning the license, contact that JMAS. You must seek formal permission from the publisher to use the content in your JMAS paper if the license does not allow you to use it in a paper that will be covered by an unrestricted license. Please do not use any content in your JMAS paper that you do not have permission to use, and always credit the source ( If relevant data is contributed to repositories with explicit license terms, the restrictions should not be more restrictive than CC BY. If we have reason to believe that the content was included in your paper without permission from the owner of the content, we reserve the right to remove any photos, captures, images, figures, tables, illustrations, audio and video files, and the like from any paper, whether before or after publication.