The AVMA requires that all authors of a manuscript submitted for publication in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association or American Journal of Veterinary Research transfer copyright to the AVMA prior to publication. The AVMA desires copyright so that permission for making copies and reprints can be granted simply and quickly to educators who need to distribute copies for classroom use and to others who have a bona fide need for reprints. Transferring copyright also helps protect authors and the AVMA from misuse and unfair exploitation of published materials.
Copyright is transferred to the AVMA by completing the Copyright Transfer Agreement (PDF) and submitting it to the AVMA Publications Division. Signatures of all authors of the manuscript are required. However, all authors do not necessarily have to sign the same copy of the form. Coauthors, especially those who are not at the same institution as the corresponding author, may sign a separate copy of the Copyright Transfer Agreement. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that signatures of all authors are submitted to the AVMA; manuscripts will not be published if signatures of all authors are not received. Alterations to and substitutions for the Copyright Transfer Agreement are not acceptable.
Completed copies of the Copyright Transfer Agreement may be submitted to the AVMA Publications Division by fax (847-925-9329) or mail (AVMA Publications Division, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173) or by electronically scanning the completed form and uploading it with the manuscript through AVMA Manuscript Central.
Version: April 9, 2003