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Publisher Categories in RoMEO

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These are the categories of publisher that are relevant to 'National Civic Review'.

In general, the lowest category in the list below takes priority regarding copyright and policies. This is not clear and certain, however, for 'Client organisations' and 'Associate organisations'.

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

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.

Imprint

Definition: Subsidiary of a publishing house, with a different name, and possibly different rights
Case/E.g.: Routledge, which is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, which in turn is an imprint of Informa
Guidance: See also 'Sub-imprint' (which may be more suitable for societies) and 'Former imprint'.

Client Organisation

Definition: Society or organisation whose journals are published for them by a publishing house
Case/E.g.: Publishing house declarations: 'Published on behalf of...', 'Journal of the ...'
Guidance: Copyright probably held by the client organisation, but not certain. If the publishing house does not allow you to archive, you could contact the client organisation. RoMEO gives the policies of client organisations where known. Otherwise it gives the policies of their publishing house.

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