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RPM: Scientific and Technical Publications Requirements

Who owns the copyright to Berkeley Lab reports?

The Regents of the University of California owns the copyright to the manuscript of Berkeley Lab reports.

How do I submit Berkeley Lab’s copyright notice to publishers?

The copyright notice should be inserted into the publication agreement form which you sign and return to the publisher. If the form is web-based, it’s advisable to contact the journal for guidance on how to proceed; you may be able to input the text somewhere on the web-based forms, or print out the copyright form and insert the language on the printout.

Berkeley Lab’s copyright notice reads as follows:

This manuscript has been authored by an author at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government retains, and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges, that the U.S. Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.

Does the above apply to non-US journals?


Are Berkeley Lab employees government employees?

No; Berkeley Lab employees are employees of the University of California.

What if the publisher refuses to allow modification to their copyright agreement?

Publishers will typically accept the terms in LBNL’s copyright notice. Should a publisher refuse to accept the terms, do not proceed to complete and submit the publishing agreement; contact [email protected] to discuss the situation.

What if I am a coauthor of a paper with authors at other institutions?

Berkeley Lab’s copyright notice applies (and should be submitted to the publisher) if you are a coauthor of a paper with authors at different institutions.

What about Open Access journals?

Authors may publish in Open Access journals but are not required to do so; DOE’s Public Access Plan does not require authors to publish in Open Access journals. Berkeley Lab’s copyright notice must still be sent to the publisher when publishing in an Open Access journal. 

Whom can I contact if I have other questions about publications or publication agreements?

Contact the Scientific Publication Coordinator at [email protected] or call x2633. More information about the publication process can be found on the Scientific Publications FAQ.

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