Journal of Agroforestry & Envinronment

Journal of Agroforestry and Environment

Copyright & Open access

Copyright and JAE

Academic articles are protected by copyright, a type of intellectual property that applies to specific original creative works. A work’s creator has the right to use copyright to determine whether and how others may use, publish, and distribute their creation. The use, publication and distribution of articles by others are, therefore, governed by it.

Understanding your copyright options as a writer is more and more crucial, especially as open access publishing expands.

A work’s copyright does not always remain in effect. The duration of copyright varies by country and depends on the type of work. The lifespan of a literary work, such as an academic article, is typically equal to the author’s life plus 70 years.

We need publishing rights from author in order to publish an article and make it available. As a result, we request that authors who submit work to our journal sign an author contract that gives us the required publishing rights. This will happen after your manuscript has undergone peer review, been accepted, and entered production.

Please fill-up the above copyright form, sign it and submit it to the JAE before publishing your article.


General Rules for Authors

Any work that does not belong in the public domain or for which the author does not have the copyright must have permission to be reproduced. Works are intellectually produced pieces of literature and art that have a distinct personality, regardless of their worth or purpose (Federal Act on Copyright and Related Rights; Copyright Act, CopA of 9 October 1992; Status as of 1 January 2017). This includes, in particular, written, spoken, or other linguistic works, musical or acoustic works, fine art, particularly paintings, sculptures, and graphics works with scientific or technical content, such as plans, maps, or plastic representations, architectural works, applied artworks, photographic, cinematographic, or other visual or audiovisual works, choreographic works, computer programs, logos, and screenshots. Authors are in charge of securing consent and covering any costs imposed by the copyright holder.

You should begin requesting permissions from the copyright holder as soon as possible to prevent needless delays in the publication process.


Open Access and JAE

Every article that is published by JAE is immediately and freely accessible to everyone. This means that everyone has free, unrestricted access to the full texts of all articles published in JAE journal; that anyone may reuse published materials with properly citing to the original publication; and that open access publication is supported by the authors’ institutes or research funding agencies through the payment of a comparably small Article Processing Charge (APC) for accepted articles.

Reusing an entire or a portion of an article published by JAE, including figures and tables, is not subject to additional permission. Any portion of articles published under the open access Creative Common CC BY license may be used again without asking as long as the source is addressed. Reusing an article doesn’t mean that JAE or its authors are endorsing it.

The following websites or Open Access Explained may be helpful for those unfamiliar with the idea of open access.

According to the major definitions of open access in scientific literature (namely the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda declarations), JAE defines open access by the following criteria:

  • Peer-reviewed literature is freely available without a subscription or price barriers;
  • Literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period); and
  • Published material can be used again without getting permission as long as a proper citation to the original publication is given.

Up until 2011, the JAE usually published articles online which are freely accessible for everyone. Reproduction is allowed for personal, noncommercial uses. The JAE began using the Creative Commons Attribution License in 2022 and are currently using the most recent version of the CC BY license, which gives authors the broadest range of rights.

This means that all articles published in JAE, including data, graphics, and supplements, may be freely linked from outside sources, scanned by search engines, or reused by websites, blogs, text mining applications, etc., with the sole requirement that the source and original publisher be properly acknowledged. According to JAE, open access publishing encourages the sharing of research findings among scientists from various fields, thereby facilitating interdisciplinary research. JAE think that open access is a valuable component of the scholarly communication process that can coexist with other forms of communication and publication, such as society-based publishing and conferencing activities, and in fact should.

Important Information: Some articles (especially reviews) may use text, figures, or tables that were previously published elsewhere for which JAE does not have the copyright or authority to re-license the work. Please be aware that you should check to see if this material can be reused by contacting the original copyright holder (typically the original publisher or authors).

Creative Common License and JAE

Open access articles in JAE published under Creative Commons licenses. These provide an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of open access material. Under Creative Commons licenses, authors retain copyright of their articles.

Journal of Agroforestry and Environment articles are published open access under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license). The CC BY license is the most open license available and considered the industry ‘gold standard’ for open access; it is also preferred by many funders. This license allows readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to alter, transform, or build upon the material, including for commercial use, providing the original author is credited.


The journal is dedicated to upholding the highest standard of integrity in all published material.

The journal pledges to look into allegations of misconduct in order to protect the integrity of research. The JAE supports the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and adheres to its principles regarding how to handle acts of misconduct.

The journal may examine the submissions using plagiarism-detection software. If plagiarism is discovered, the (COPE) plagiarism guidelines will be adhered to