Publications

Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights After Acceptance

Adapted from the The University of Chicago Press Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights

Dallas Theological Seminary supports and encourages our authors’ own efforts to promote and disseminate their works. These Guidelines answer the questions we hear most often from our authors about their rights to reuse their articles. Your rights are governed by your Publication Agreement and by the provisions of these Guidelines, as in effect at the time of your proposed use of your article. You may contact DTS at the address below at any time for a current version of the Guidelines.

If you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact:
Bibliotheca Sacra
Dallas Theological Seminary
3909 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
Email: lwaters@dts.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to request permission to reuse my article?
You do not need to request permission to reuse your article as described in your Publication Agreement and in these Guidelines, provided that appropriate credit is given to the journal and you meet all other conditions set out herein. Appropriate credit includes the exact copyright notice as printed in the journal. The form of the copyright notice is: © 2xxx by Dallas Theological Seminary. For pre-publication versions of your article (i.e., pre-prints), appropriate credit means a statement prominently displayed on the paper itself, specifying the paper’s status, date, and journal name. (For example: “Submitted (or Accepted) for publication to (by) Bibliotheca Sacra on MM/DD/YYYY.”) A link to the Bibliotheca Sacra home page or the journal article should be included whenever possible. For uses not described in these Guidelines or in your Publication Agreement or for questions about appropriate credit, please contact Bibliotheca Sacra, Dallas Theological Seminary, 3909 Swiss Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, Email: lwaters@dts.edu.

Please also see the comments at the end of these Guidelines regarding the use of copyrighted material in your article.
Are there any fees for the reuse of my article?
There are no fees attached to your reuse of your article according to the terms described in these Guidelines and in the editorial office’s communications with you, except that a modest fee may be charged if we supply you with the PDF of your published article.
Can I post a copy of my article on the Internet?
In general, you may post a copy of your article on your personal or institutional web site or personal social media pages, provided that the site is non-commercial or no fees are charged for access to your article, and provided that the site is not intended for the systematic storage, retrieval, and delivery of scholarly material (as, for example, an institutional repository). Appropriate credit should be given to the journal as described previously, and a link to the Bibliotheca Sacra home page or the journal article should be included.

Please note the comments at the end of these Guidelines regarding the use of copyrighted material in your article.
Can I post the published version of my article?
We encourage you to use or refer to the final, definitive version of your article whenever possible. You have the choice of posting the PDF version of your article and/or posting the citation, abstract (if present), and a link to the Bibliotheca Sacra home page or the journal article should be included. You may not, however, post proofs of your article.
When can I post my article?
  • Prior to submission: We place no conditions on posting a paper intended for submission (but not yet submitted) to Bibliotheca Sacra, except to note that posting a paper online may, in some cases, constitute prior publication – for example, posting to a commercial venue and/or to a venue with a formal review and approval process. Please consult the journal’s editor if you have questions about whether or not a particular use constitutes prior publication.
  • After acceptance: To avoid citation confusion, we discourage online posting of pre-publication versions of articles, but in most cases do not restrict posting of a paper accepted for publication provided that the conditions described in these Guidelines have been met.
  • Upon publication: We encourage you to use or refer to the final, published version of your article on your personal or institutional web sites as soon as it is available.
Can I submit my article to an online pre-print or working paper archive?
To avoid citation confusion, we discourage online posting of pre-prints and working papers. If you choose to submit a pre-publication version of your accepted paper to a non-commercial, discipline-specific pre-print or working paper archive, however, we require that appropriate credit be given to the journal as described above and ask you to remove the working paper from the archive after your article is published or replace it with the published version. If you deposit the published version of your article, it may be made publicly available after the appropriate embargo period* has been observed. You are responsible for informing the manager of the archive of the embargo period that must be observed.

*The embargo period is twelve (12) months unless otherwise required by mandate.
Can I include my published article in an official institutional repository?
You may place your published article in a non-commercial data repository maintained by an institution of which you are a member, provided you meet all relevant conditions described in these Guidelines and in the editorial office’s communications with you. An institutional repository, as distinguished from your personal or departmental web site, is designed for the systematic storage, retrieval, and delivery of scholarly material. Your article may be made publicly available after the appropriate embargo period* has been observed. You are responsible for informing the manager of the institutional repository of the embargo period that must be observed.

*The embargo period is twelve (12) months unless otherwise required by mandate.
How do I comply with the RCUK Policy on Open Access?
Dallas Theological Seminary supports Green Open Access, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy. You may place your final accepted manuscript in a non-commercial repository no earlier than twelve (12) months after publication. Only the final accepted manuscript may be submitted; you may not submit proofs or the published article unless otherwise permitted by these Guidelines. The manuscript should include the URL of the published version of your article as it appears on the Press’s web site.

Please also note the comments elsewhere in these Guidelines regarding the use of copyrighted material in your article.

Dallas Theological Seminary allows certain non-commercial uses of manuscripts placed in a repository in compliance with the RCUK Policy on Open Access. It is your responsibility to communicate the Press’s policy to the manager of the repository. Manuscripts may be downloaded, copied, or distributed as single copies for personal use only. Mass distribution (for example, to multiple users of a listserver or by posting on another web site) is strictly forbidden. Manuscripts may be reprinted or adapted to the extent such use falls within the bounds of fair use of copyrighted material and provided that appropriate credit is given to the original publication. For all other uses, including all commercial uses, permission must be sought from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Can I republish my article in another print publication?
You have the non-exclusive right of republication of your article, in whole or in part, in any book, article, or other scholarly work of which you are an author or an editor, provided that you give credit to the journal, as described earlier in these Guidelines. Please note that the author’s right of republication does not apply if the paper is a work-made-for-hire.
Can I use my article for teaching purposes in my classes?
You may use your article for teaching purposes in your classes, including making multiple copies for each student, either individually or as part of a printed course pack, provided such course pack will be used solely for classes you teach and provided that such classes are academic and non-commercial in nature (for example, CME courses run by a for-profit organization would not be covered).
Can I provide copies of my article in print or electronic form to my colleagues?
You may provide single copies of your article in either print or electronic form to your colleagues for the purposes of scholarly exchange. Copies may not be provided for compensation, for the purposes of republication or preparing derivative works, or as part of the systematic provision of copyrighted material to a third party.
Can another author republish my article or a portion thereof without permission?
Your article or portions of your article may be used by other authors in their publications. Small portions may be reprinted without permission from Dallas Theological Seminary, provided such use falls within the bounds of fair use of copyrighted material. For all other uses, the author and/or publisher must seek permission from Bibliotheca Sacra, Dallas Theological Seminary, 3909 Swiss Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, Email: lwaters@dts.edu.
What if I included copyrighted material in my article?
The rights described in these Guidelines pertain only to content for which Dallas Theological Seminary holds copyright. If you included copyrighted material in your article under fair use provisions, there will be no additional restrictions on further use of the material. If, however, you required permission to include copyrighted material, you must check the permission grant issued by the copyright holder to see if any restrictions apply to your further reuse of the content.