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Copyright Issues in China

Publishers own the copyright for journals while authors hold copyright for individual articles.

Starting in the late 1990s publishers asked authors to sign over their copyright for both print and electronic.

For articles earlier than the nineties, retrospective contracts need to be signed with individual authors to obtain e-copyright.

Some journals may “disappear” someday from the databases when the Chinese copyright becomes more explicit.   

Different options of economic incentives for authors:

Free membership (free access to the entire e-book database).

Pay per download.

Pay per check-out.

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