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Standards for Licensed International Editions 

Standards for Licensed International Editions
Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

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Standards for Licensed International Editions

A publisher may license others to publish international editions of its scientific journals. For example, agreements between the AMA (owner of JAMA and the Archives Journals) and international licensees give these publishers the right to publish and disseminate collections of articles from JAMA or the Archives Journals in specific markets (countries or regions) and in specific languages. To ensure the quality of these editions, the following standards are recommended:

  • Copyright in the international edition and all translated articles is owned by the original publisher.

  • Each issue must contain a minimum number of pages or amount of content.

  • Articles republished from the original journal must account for a minimum of 50% of each issue’s total pages or content. The remaining 50% of total pages/content may include local editorial material and local commercial content (eg, advertisements).

  • The licensed publisher will appoint an editorial director (whose appointment will be approved by the editor of the original journal) to select articles from the original edition to be republished in the international edition and review the quality of translations.

  • Each republished article must include a complete citation to the original article (ie, journal, year, volume and issue numbers, inclusive page numbers) and complete original titles, author bylines, and author affiliations.

  • Abridgments or changes to content, other than translation, are not permitted.

  • Content should be republished within a minimum amount of time (eg, 6 months from date of original publication)

  • International editions may include local editorial material that cannot constitute more than 50% of total pages/content. Local editorial includes the cover (if the original journal cover is not used), masthead, table of contents, editorial indexes, brief news reports, summaries of conferences, meeting calendars, announcements, commentaries, editorials, letters, and explanations of original articles.

  • Local editorial does not include (1) any original clinical or scientific articles (ie, quantitative or qualitative research reports or analyses, case descriptions, clinical or product reviews, product or therapeutic comparisons, scientific abstracts) or (2) any articles previously published by other journals.

  • All authors of all local editorial should have their complete names, academic degrees or credentials, and affiliations published with each article.

  • For online publications, translated articles should link to the original article.

  • Journals with advertising must have multiple advertisements and may not be sponsored by one commercial entity or interest.

  • Advertisements may not appear adjacent to editorial content on the same topic.

  • Commercial content shall not be presented to appear as editorial content. Appearance, artwork, and format shall be of such a nature as to avoid confusion with the editorial content of the publication.

See also 5.12, Advertisements, Advertorials, Sponsorship, Supplements, Reprints, and E-prints.

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