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Copyright and Permissions Information for AMS Authors

Copyright Policies

The AMS upholds very flexible copyright policies for the books and articles we publish. Although we usually suggest that authors transfer the copyright to the AMS, at the author’s request the rights can remain with the author(s) of a book or an article in a journal or proceedings volume.  Information about copyright for journal and proceedings volume authors can be found below; monograph authors may contact an AMS Acquisitions editor with any copyright questions.

Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement

All authors submitting papers to any journal or proceedings volume must give the AMS specific permission to publish the work ("consent to publish"). This is a legal requirement that arises in part from provisions of copyright law.

In addition to giving the AMS permission to publish his or her work, an author is also encouraged to transfer copyright of the work to the AMS. In doing so, the author retains the right to use the work for his or her own purposes but simplifies the permissions process by enabling the AMS to administer it. For information on the ways that authors may continue to use their works following publication by the AMS, please see AMS Open Access Journals.

For authors of papers accepted for publication in an AMS “green” open access journal, or in a proceedings volume, a Consent to Publish and Copyright Agreement Form must be completed byall authors of the paper.
Authors may also choose to dedicate their work to the public domain 28 years following publication. For further information, see paragraph 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.