The author grants to the MMJ the right of first publication of the work. Copyright on any article published by MMJ is retained by the author without restrictions. For papers with more than one author the corresponding author agrees and is allowed by co-authors to make decisions regarding prepublication release of information in the paper to the media, government agencies or both.
When the author is submitting the manuscript with the Authorship Statement Form (covering letter) to the Editorial office electronically, the manuscript is registered online through the Editorial Copyright Section and that means that manuscript is placed under the copyright agreement with the editor and the author copyright legally assigned by the publisher. This process protects the author, as well as the editor, and it permits to coordinate permissions for reprints, post-prints or other use.
Under such rules the author retains the ownership of copyright and the other rights themselves. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e. g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal, but the reference to the MMJ should be given.
The unavoidable disagreements should be submitted in a written form. The author is aware that the disagreement with the MMJ’s requests may result in the rejection of the manuscript.
As result of this Copyright Notice (considering also the Licensing Terms), the authors and readers act under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0 International License, while the MMJ editorial office and publisher obtain the right to complete the agreement with libraries, repositories and data bases for dissemination of the scientific information.
The MMJ suggests some copyright steps to take before submitting the manuscript:
1. Register Your Copyright
This one is the most obvious but also one of the most neglected steps. If you want to be able to sue for any infringements of your work you need to have a registration. Further, if you want full damages for your work, you need to register it timely. In short, register your copyright as soon as practical.
2. Consider Your Licensing
Take a moment to consider how you want others to use your content. Are you comfortable with others sharing your work as long as they provide attribution? What about if they do so for profit? If so, you may wish to check out Creative Commons and consider using a license that allows such use openly. If that isn’t something you’re interested in, you’ll likely still want to include a means for others to get in contact with you if they wish to republish all or part of the article. This can be done through a website, email, and/or postal address as you see fit. The main thing though is to make it clear what your wishes are, whether they are all rights reserved or more open in nature, and to make yourself available to those who wish to use the content in a way permission is not expressly given for.
3. Draft Your Copyright Notices
Still, a basic copyright notice is more than enough (and more than is required by law) but if you’ve written hundreds of words for an article, it makes sense to take a few additional seconds to draft a brief notice to discourage any misuse of its content.
4. Set up Your Monitoring
When your article is released you’re going to know where it appears online, what people are saying about it, how many times the article is cited, and if it’s being offered for illegal download. In addition to that, consider creating Google Alert for unique passages from your article so that way any place that included the text of your article will also be detected
5. Plan Your Enforcement Strategy
Finally, after all of that, it’s time to think about what you will do when and if you find infringements of your work. What infringements will you be targeting? What actions will you be taking against any infringements you find (if any)? Still, whether you are on your own or with a publisher, you need to be thinking about your enforcement efforts before publication, specifically what you want and what your strategy is for making it happen.