The management and protection of copyright is critical to our stewardship of journals for our Society partners. Authors are briefed on copyright policy at the point of submission, and are directed to our online resource. The transaction of Author Publishing Agreements is conducted via our online production management system - Central Article Tracking System. Authors are required to assign copyright to the Society partner, and make a number of legally-binding agreements with respect to the originality, provenance, and legality of the article, including the indemnification of the Society partner and Taylor & Francis in the event of a breach of warranties.
We believe that assignment offers the strongest protection for both author and Society partner, as it allows us to defend work from copyright infringement, libel, abuse of moral rights, or plagiarism, as well as facilitating fee-based third-party reuse.
We are committed to the highest ethical standards, and require authors, editors, and peer reviewers to comply – guidance is published here. Regrettably, we are conscious that some authors may attempt to publish work that is in some way unsafe, which can be manifested in falsification and fabrication of data, plagiarism, unethical experimentation, inadequate subject consent, authorship disputes, or defamation. Taylor & Francis is a member of the Committee of Publications Ethics (COPE), and shares COPE’s commitment to promoting integrity across published work. We also regularly brief our Society partners and journal editors on legal issues pertaining to journal publishing.
All authors submitting work via ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager are advised that their manuscript may be subject to an originality check via CrossCheck; several journals process all new manuscripts through CrossCheck prior to peer review.
Where authors are found to be responsible for knowingly submitting (or in extremis, publishing) work within which integrity has been compromised, we apply sanctions. Submitted manuscripts are rejected, and authors are prohibited from making new submissions to any Taylor & Francis journal for up to five years. Published articles are retracted; the retracted article will remain online to maintain the scholarly record, but it is digitally watermarked on each page as RETRACTED, and linked to a formal Statement of Retraction, which details the misconduct. Again, authors will be prohibited from making new submissions to any Taylor & Francis journal for up to five years. Where there is a breach of a third party’s copyright, as in proven plagiarism, then the third party is advised, and Taylor & Francis co-operates in any subsequent action taken against the plagiariser.
Taylor & Francis is able to call on expert in-house counsel at Informa when necessary.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Managing Editor should you have any questions on copyright.