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This page will walk through what information and files IU Open Access Journals team will require from your journal to properly transfer you to our platform. 

Before transferring your journal, there are several potential copyright concerns to consider:

  1. Who owns copyright to your previously published articles? Is it the author, journal, or previous publisher?
  2. What is your previous contract or MOU with your former publisher? Please provide us with these documents so that we can ensure moving your back content does not violate copyright or a previous agreement.
  3. What is your journal's current copyright policy? Before we make your new journal website public, our program requires a completed, fully open access copyright policy to provide potential authors and readers. an excellent example policy to overview is available here: 

1. Publication and Promotion: In consideration of the Publisher’s agreement to publish the Work, Author hereby grants and assigns to Publisher the non-exclusive right to print, publish, reproduce, or distribute the Work throughout the world in all means of expression by any method now known or hereafter developed, including electronic format, and to market or sell the Work orany part of it as Publisher sees fit. Author further grants Publisher the right to use Author’s name in association with the Work inpublished form and in advertising and promotional materials.

2. Copyright: Copyright of the Work remains in Author’s name.

3. Prior Publication and Attribution: Author agrees not to publish the Work in print form prior to publication of the Work by the Publisher. Author agrees to cite, by author, title, and publisher, the original (x) publication when publishing the Work elsewhere

4. Author Representations: The Author represents and warrants that the Work:

(a) is the Author’s original Work and that Author has full power to enter into this Agreement;

(b) does not infringe the copyright or property of another;

(c) contains no material which is obscene, libelous, defamatory or previously published, in whole or in part.

Author shall indemnify and hold Publisher harmless against loss of expenses arising from breach of any such warranties.

5. Licensing and Reuse: Reuse of the published Work will be governed by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0; This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the Work non-commercially; although new works must acknowledge the original (x) publication and be non-commercial, they do not have to be licensed on the same terms.

Back Issues

Please provide us with the number of previous volumes, issues, and articles you would like moved to your new journal website. The volume of this content may affect the amount of time before your new website goes live. 

Migrating Content

If you are joining our platform after previously being hosted on a BePress or Digital Commons supported website, our platform, Open Journal Ssytems, provides a plugin to automatically transfer your journal content:

This plugin requires:

  • an Author user that should be used as the default account for imported articles
  • an Editor user that should be assigned to imported articles

If you have a technical support at your previous publisher, please provide us with their contact information so we can ensure this automatic transfer goes smoothly. 


If your journal has been registering DOIs, you may need to transfer your previous DOIs to our CrossRef account. Please let us know if you would like DOIs transferred, as this process can often take several weeks to complete:

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