The Journal of Medical Laboratory Research applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) License, or other comparable licenses that allow free and unrestricted use to articles we publish. If you submit your manuscript for publication by the Journal of Medical Laboratory Research, you agree to have the CC BY license applied to your work. If your institution or funder requires your work or materials to be published under a different license or dedicated to the public domain - for example, Creative Commons 1.0 Universal (CC0) or Open Governmental License - this is permitted for those licenses where the terms are equivalent to or more permissive than CC BY.
The Journal of Medical Laboratory Research requires that you, as the author, agree that anyone can reuse your article content in whole or in part for any purpose, for free, even for commercial purposes. These permitted uses include but are not limited to the self-archiving by authors of submitted, accepted, and published versions of their papers in institutional repositories. Anyone may copy, redistribute, reuse, or modify the content as long as the author and original source are properly cited. This facilitates freedom in reuse and also ensures that the Journal of Medical Laboratory Research content can be mined without barriers for the needs of research.
Content Owned by Someone Else
If your manuscript contains content (such as photos, images, clipart, tables, etc.) that you or your co-authors do not own or did not create, we will require you to provide us with proof that either:
the material is in the public domain or available under an open access license compatible with CC BY 4.0, or
the owner of that content has given you written permission to use and publish the content under an open access CC BY 4.0 license.
Please note that purchasing copyright use is unlikely to meet this requirement, as many journals and publishers restrict the terms of purchased copyright use in ways that do not accommodate open access publication. In addition, we cannot accept Creative Commons licensed materials with additional non-commercial (CC BY-NC), share-alike (CC BY-SA), or non-derivative (CC BY-ND) clauses.
If you do not have owner permission, we will ask you to remove the content and/or replace it with other content that you own or have such permission to use.
Using Article Content Previously Published in Another Journal
Many authors assume that if they previously published a paper through another publisher, they own the rights to that content and can freely use that content in their manuscript, but that’s not necessarily the case – it depends on the license that covers the other paper. Some publishers allow free and unrestricted re-use of article content they own, such as under the CC BY license. Other publishers use licenses that allow re-use only if the same license is applied by the person or publisher re-using the content.
If the paper was published under a CC BY license or another license that allows free and unrestricted use, you may use the content in your manuscript provided that you give proper attribution, as explained above.
If the content was published under a more restrictive license, you must determine what rights you have under that license. At a minimum, review the license to make sure you can use the content. Contact that publisher if you have any questions about the license terms. Our staff cannot give you legal advice about your rights to use third-party content. If the license does not permit you to use the content in a paper that will be covered by an unrestricted license, you must obtain written permission from the publisher to use the content in your manuscript. Please do not include any content in your manuscript that you do not have rights to use, and always give proper attribution.
Removal of Content Used Without Clear Rights
The Journal of Medical Laboratory Research reserves the right to remove any photos, captures, images, figures, tables, illustrations, or other confidential or proprietary content from any article, whether before or after publication, if concerns are raised about copyright, license, or permissions and the authors are unable to provide documentation confirming that appropriate permissions were obtained for publication of the content in question under a CC BY 4.0 license.
Trademarks and Symbols
Please note that we cannot publish copyright symbols such as ©, ®, or ™. We are also unable to publish logos or other brand-related content, unless for certain conditions that will be assessed later, during your submission process.
Acceptable Licenses for Data Repositories
If any relevant accompanying data is submitted to repositories with stated licensing policies, the policies should not be more restrictive than CC BY 4.0.
Giving Proper Attribution for Use of Content
When citing a research article from the Journal of Medical Laboratory Research, use the APA style as outlined in our Author Guidelines.