Copyright and Licensing

updated 2018-08-03

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Full texts of articles can be accessed without registration.

From Volume 86 (2013) on, the content of the journal is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. Any user is free to share and adapt (remix, transform, build upon) the content as long as the original publication is attributed (authors, title, year, journal, issue, pages) and the new work is licensed under a CC-BY-SA compatible license. We do not prohibit or charge a fee for reuse of published content. The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

Beginning with Volume 92 (2019), we will switch to the less restrictive Creative Commmons Attribution 4.0 License. Authors, who submit manuscripts in late 2018, will be asked to agree to this license, when the publication date for their work is expected to fall into the next year.

The submitting author is asked to agree to this license during the online submission process on behalf of all coauthors. Please be aware that this license cannot be revoked. A license and copyright mark is included in each article and licensing information is transmitted for registration of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

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