Copyright policies of KEI KNOW HOW

It deals with the rights related to the publication and distribution of research. It governs how authors (as well as their employers), publishers and the wider general public can use, publish and distribute articles from this website.


In order for KEI KNOW HOW to publish and disseminate research articles, we need publishing rights from the author. This is determined by a publishing agreement between the author and KEI KNOW HOW. This agreement deals with the transfer or license of the copyright to KEI KNOW HOW and authors retain significant rights to use and share their own published articles. KEI KNOW HOW supports the need for authors to share, disseminate and maximize the impact of their research and these rights are defined below:

For subscription articles

Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to:
• Share their article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes.
• Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
• Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

For open access articles

Authors sign an exclusive license agreement, where authors have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to the publisher**. In this case authors have the right to:
• Share their article in the same ways permitted to third parties under the relevant user license (together with Personal Use rights).
• Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
• Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

For both subscription and open access articles, published in proprietary titles, KEI KNOW HOW is granted the following rights as per Copyright Act 1957:

• The exclusive right to publish and distribute an article, and to grant rights to others, including for commercial purposes.
• For open access articles, KEI KNOW HOW will apply the relevant third party user license where KEI KNOW HOW publishes the article on its online platforms.
• The right to provide the article in all forms and media so the article can be used on the latest technology even after publication.
• The authority to enforce the rights in the article, on behalf of an author, against third parties, for example in the case of plagiarism or copyright infringement.

Protecting author rights

Copyright aims to protect the specific way the article has been written to describe an experiment and the results. KEI KNOW HOW is committed to its authors to protect and defend their work and their reputation and takes allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethic disputes and fraud very seriously.
If an author becomes aware of a possible plagiarism, fraud or infringement, we recommend contacting their Elsevier publishing contact who can then liaise with our in-house legal department.

For KEI KNOW HOW online journals the following steps will be applied as per the provision of Copyright Act 1957:

1. Authors will sign a publishing agreement where they will have copyright but grant broad publishing and distribution rights to the publisher, including the right to publish the article on KEI KNOW HOW online platforms.
2. The author may opt an end user license under which readers can use and share the article.
3. The publisher shall make the article available online with the author's choice of end user license.

Authors can use their articles, in full or in part, for a wide range of scholarly, non-commercial purposes as outlined below:

• Use by an author in the author’s classroom teaching (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic)
• Distribution of copies (including through e-mail) to known research colleagues for their personal use (but not for Commercial Use)
• Inclusion in a thesis or dissertation (provided that this is not to be published commercially)
• Use in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works
• Preparation of other derivative works (but not for Commercial Use)
• Otherwise using or re-using portions or excerpts in other works
• The author should declare that this is their original work and has been written by the stated authors.
• No author is allowed to upload any work of more than 100 MB in size.