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Publisher Categories in RoMEO

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These are the categories of publisher that are relevant to 'Curator: The Museum Journal'.

In general, the lowest category in the list below takes priority regarding copyright and policies.

It gets complicated when there are more than two levels involved.

Former Publisher (Previous Publisher)

Definition: A Publishing organisation of any variety that has relinquished ownership to another publisher
Case/E.g.: Ownership of Practical Neurology passed from Wiley-Blackwell to BMJ Publishing
Guidance: May publish on behalf of ministries or departments which have their own rights and policies

Former Imprint

Definition: Imprint of a 'Former Publisher', where ownership has changed.
Case/E.g.: Practical Neurology had been published by the Blackwell Publishing imprint of Wiley-Blackwell, before ownership passed to BMJ Publishing.
Guidance: See also 'Imprint', and 'Sub-imprint' (which may be more suitable for societies).

Commercial Publisher (Publishing House)

Definition: A company that publishes for profit.
Case/E.g.: Springer Verlag
Guidance: Commercial publishers may both publish their own journals and publish journals on behalf of learned societies and other client organisations. They normally control the rights for their own journals, and may control the rights for the journals of client organisations. However, some client organisations retain their rights.

Copyright Holder

Definition: Publisher(s) declared as copyright holder(s)
Case/E.g.: Explicit statements - 'Copyright [year] [Name]', 'Owned by...'
Guidance: The policies of the copyright holder take priority over the policies of any other organisations involved in the publication of a journal. Where there are two or more copyright holders, we try to display the more liberal policy. Firstly we select by RoMEO colour in the order Green, Blue, Yellow, and White. If necessary, we then use a weighted algorithm that tries to identify the policy that permits archiving of the most recent version of an article.

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