Copyright and Permissions Information for AMS Authors
The AMS upholds very flexible copyright policies for the books and articles we publish. Although authors are encouraged to transfer copyright to the AMS, they may retain copyright to their AMS work by request. Information about copyright for authors of journal and proceedings articles can be found below; book authors may contact an AMS Acquisitions Editor with any questions they may have about copyright matters.
Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement
Authors submitting papers to any AMS journal or proceedings volume must grant specific permission to publish their work (i.e., "consent to publish"). This is a legal requirement that arises in part from provisions of U.S. copyright law.
For authors of papers accepted for publication in an AMS research or member journal, or in a proceedings volume, a Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement Form must be completed. Authors are encouraged, but not required, to transfer copyright to their work to the AMS. In doing so, AMS is able to simplify rights and permissions processes by administrating the rights on the author’s behalf, and the author is able to retain rights to use the work for his or her own purposes. For information on the ways that authors may continue to use their works following publication by the AMS, please see Section 4 of the Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement Form and AMS Open Access Journals.
Authors may also choose to dedicate their work to the public domain 28 years following publication. For further information, see Section 6 in the Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement Form.
For articles that will appear exclusively in electronic format, the AMS will register copyright with the Library of Congress on behalf of the copyright holder.
Creative Commons Licenses
Articles published in an AMS “gold” open access journal will be distributed under the terms of either the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License (CC-BY-NC) or the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). Authors are required to select a license before an article moves into the production stage. Authors retain copyright to their articles under both CC-BY-NC and CC-BY.
Permissions Information for Authors
Using Third-Party Material in Your AMS Work
AMS authors must obtain permission for the use of any material, including graphics, photographs, and text, appearing in their Work which comes from any other source. Authors should use the Society's Permission Form to request permission from an author or publisher for material previously published or owned by another. Permissions must be obtained for both print and electronic rights for all editions (present and future) and must be free of any restrictions which may limit the AMS's ability for itself or through licensees to produce, publish, promote, and distribute the Work in any territory, any language, and any medium now known or hereafter discovered. If you are applying for permission using an online form, you must match the AMS's requirements as closely as possible. Any permissions which include restrictions will likely result in the material being omitted from the Work.
Please reference the U.S. Copyright Office website for general information and FAQs about U.S. copyright laws.