Copyright, open access, and permission to reuse

All articles published in JPN are protected by copyright. Subject to fair dealing and any applicable legal exceptions, the reproduction of substantial portions of JPN content is only permitted as detailed below.

The copyright in articles is held by the JPN’s owner for older articles or by the authors and/or their institutions for newer articles. In cases where copyright is retained by authors or their institutions, JPN usually requires that they sign an exclusive license to publish which makes the journal the sole body able to grant permission for reuse. Commercial reuse is strictly prohibited without prior consent from the JPN. Please email permissions@cma.ca to obtain consent.

Any uses or copies of JPN— in whole or in part — must include a bibliographic citation including author(s), article title, journal name, year, volume and page numbers, plus the URL www.jpn.ca, and the copyright notice that appears with each article.

Reuse of Articles Published Prior to January 1, 2021

Single copies of articles published prior to January 1, 2021 may only be copied or shared for non-commercial educational purposes.  Appropriate credits must be given.  The distribution of derivative works is not permitted. Please email permissions@cma.ca to obtain consent for any other uses.

Reuse of Articles Published After January 1, 2021

JPN has adopted open access policy in respect of articles published after January 1, 2021. Articles are published under one of two Creative Commons licences:

CC BY-NC-ND

Unless otherwise specified, JPN articles released after January 1, 2021 are published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. CC BY-NC-ND articles allow the author, and any non-commercial users, to share, copy, and redistribute the material in any format as long as they adhere to the following criteria:

  • Attribution  You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • Non-Commercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

CC BY

In some instances, JPN articles may be published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) content license. CC BY articles allow all users to share, copy, and redistribute the material in any medium or format, as well as to adapt, remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose including commercial as long as the user adheres to the following criteria:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need permission to include excerpts from a JPN article (including tables and figures) in another journal?

You do not need permission as long as you cite the original publication, the excerpt is identifiable and you do not modify the material included. If you wish to make modifications, please email permissions@cma.ca. Note: Images that contain a copyright notice from iStock may only be reproduced as part of the whole work and such images may not be reproduced with part of the work or on a standalone basis.

2. Can I include excerpts from a JPN article in my thesis?

Yes, assuming you cite the original publication and do not modify the material included.

3. Can I make copies of an article for a classroom?

Yes, this is allowed for both print and digital copies as long as you do not charge for the copies. There is no associated cost for you or your institution.

4. Can I distribute copies of an article at a conference?

Yes, as long as you do not charge for the copies. If you are charging a fee, this is considered commercial re-use and will require permission. Please email permissions@cma.ca.

5. Can I post a copy of an article on another website?

Our preference is that users link to articles on jpn.ca so that additional materials, responses, and corrections are not missed by readers. Having said that, JPN does allow users to re-post articles on other websites as long as the website is not a commercial site. If users have to pay to access a website, it is commercial. Posting on it would require permission from JPN.

6. I am an author. Can I post my article on my institutional or personal website?

Yes.

7. I would like to include a figure or table in an upcoming book. Do I need to obtain permission?

Unless the book is being distributed for free, you will need to seek permission for this use in advance. Please email permissions@cma.ca.

For more information

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