Copyright Privileges

When publishing an article through SHERM, authors are able to retain copyright privileges over their research. As part of the rights agreement, however, all authors wishing to publish their research through SHERM must transfer exclusive licensing rights over to SHERM, thereby granting SHERM the right to claim the article as part of its publishing proprietary corpus. In other words, authors retain copyright credit for the article but SHERM becomes the sole publisher of the material. Nonetheless, SHERM is a non-restrictive licensing publication, which means authors (as copyright owners of their research) are allowed to share and repost their article on any website of their choosing.

This transfer of exclusive licensing rights does not mean authors forfeit their copyright privileges. As partners with SHERM, upon acceptance and publication of an article, authors are automatically granted the right to share, disseminate, use, and repost their article in any way they deem necessary to expand the visibility of their publication. Likewise, authors retain all intellectual property rights, including the specific research content and data employed throughout the article, as well as the right to retain attribution rights as the article’s original creator and writer.

Licensing Transfer

As the sole licensee of your article, SHERM retains the exclusive right to publish, distribute, or transfer the license of your article to other third parties for private and commercial purposes. SHERM reserves the right to create and authorize the commercial use of any and all published articles.

In order to make your published article available to as many audiences and researchers as possible, SHERM reserves the right to post (and repost even after initial publication of) your article in any form or media as allowable by the newest technological developments. Currently, this means SHERM will post your article to numerous open access websites, including (but not limited to):

Academia, Research Gate, Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn, InstagramReddit, Pinterest, and CiteULike.

SHERM also reserves the right to advertise the publication of your article through various social media websites.

By transferring exclusive licensing rights to SHERM, authors agree to the following stipulations:

  • Authors cannot republish their article (either in English or in another language) with a different academic journal (without express consent from the SHERM Editorial Advisory Board);
  • Authors who repost their article online must incorporate a citation that indicates SHERM as the publisher of the content (including a link to the original article on the SHERM website, as well as the volume and issue number);
  • Authors who wish to use portions of the article for other publications or work must cite the original SHERM publication;
  • and SHERM is granted authorization to impose copyright infringements laws, as well as combat instances of plagiarism against third parties on behalf of the author(s).

Creative Commons Usage

SHERM journal adheres to the Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives" policy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Authors are allowed to copy, share, and redistribute their article in any medium or format. However, the following terms and restrictions are in place:

Attribution — Authors must 1) credit SHERM journal as the originating source; 2) provide a link to the article's landing page on the SHERM website (online distributions only); and 3) indicate if any changes were made to the original article.

NonCommercial — Authors may not use their article for commercial purposes.

No Derivatives — If authors add to, retract, or in any way change their article, they may not distribute the modified material in a way that suggests SHERM journal has peer-reviewed, approved, or published the altered article.

Open Access — Authors may not apply legal language or other technologies to prevent and/or eliminate the Creative Commons usage terms and restrictions as listed above.


In accordance with the “fair use” agreement of Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of the US Copyright Act, the following permissions are granted for the express purposes of teaching, research, and scholarship:

Reproduction - authors and readers can make multiple copies of individual articles without profit.

Distribution - authors and readers can distribute and publicly display individual articles without profit.

To obtain permissions beyond the scope of the Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives" policy (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) or beyond the permissions listed here, contact the SHERM Editorial Advisory Board:

Publishing Agreement Form

If your article is accepted for publication, SHERM will ask all authors to sign a “Publishing Agreement Form,” which will stipulate that the authors, while retaining full copyright privileges over their article, are transferring comprehensive publishing and circulation rights to SHERM.


Submitting a manuscript to SHERM is an indication that the author(s) consents to the rights agreement, licensing transfer, and copyright policies as stated here on the SHERM website.

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