Article sharing - repository deposits - copyright questions


Authors who publish in ISHS publications (Acta Horticulturae, eJHS etc. ) may self-archive an author-created draft version of their article to their own website. They may also deposit such author-created draft version in their institution's and funder's (funder-designated) repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided the author-created draft version of the paper is not made publicly available until after an embargo period of 12 months following official publication.

Author may not use the final ISHS publisher's version of the paper which is posted in the official ISHS web pages such as or for the purpose of such self-archiving or deposit.
The author draft version may not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the ISHS published article.

Furthermore, the authors may only post their own author version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication by means of a full citation reference and an executable DOI hyperlink (more details below) is inserted which resolves to the formal published article on ISHS's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The original publication is available at ....".

Posting or sharing ISHS publications in any other services or networks such as in particular ResearchGate or other similar initiatives, is strictly prohibited and is considered a copyright violation. See for more details and ISHS Terms and Conditions.

It is important that readers and users can find and cite the final version of your article. The way to do this is to include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) link in your posted article. Such DOI is a standardized method for identifying an electronic object and you can easily find the unique DOI in each ISHS published article. To convert a DOI into an executable web link, simply use followed by the DOI number. 

Important elements of the publisher's role in the scientific communication process are reviewing, recognition and consistent quality assurance as well as tracking the usage and impact of the published papers. In order to guarantee that the requirements of these elements are fully met, control of the dissemination of the final article is necessary. Permitting an article to be published elsewhere on public servers without a clear connection to the final published article can potentially confuse readers who use the article for their own research and will not be in the interest of science. In addition such practice obviously disturbs the usage tracking and impact measurement mechanisms that are in place which entails considerable negative side-effects in the long term.

The transfer of copyright from the author to the publisher assists ISHS to protect the mutual interests of both the author/researcher and the publisher. Articles disseminated via or are indexed, abstracted and referenced by many abstracting and information services, bibliographic networks, subscription agencies, library networks and consortia who have access to the formal publication.

If you are an author, please share the link to your article rather than the full-text. Links will help your users to find, access, cite, and use the best available version at any time, now and in the future.

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