The Bulletin of Legal Medicine is an open access scientific journal. Open access means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The Journal and content of this website is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.
The Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, adapt the article and make commercial use of the article. The CC BY license permits commercial and non-commercial re-use of an open access article, as long as the author is properly attributed.
The Bulletin of Legal Medicine requires the author as the rights holder to sign and submit the journal's agreement form prior to acceptance. The authors transfer all financial rights, especially processing, reproduction, representation, printing, distribution, and online transmittal to The Association with no limitation whatsoever, and grant The Association for its publication. This ensures both that The Journal has the right to publish the article and that the author has confirmed various things including that it is their original work and that it is based on valid research.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
*Authors transfer copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
*Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
*Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
Self Archiving Policy
*The Journal allows authors to self-archive their articles in an open access repository. The Journal considers publishing material where a pre-print or working paper has been previously mounted online. The Journal does not consider this an exception to our policy regarding the originality of the paper (not to be published elsewhere), since the open access repository doesn't have a publisher character, but an archiving system for the benefit of the public.
The Journal's policy regarding the accepted articles requires authors not to mention, in the archived articles in an open access repository, their acceptance for publication in the journal until the article is final and no modifications can be made. Authors are not allowed to submit the paper to another publisher while is still being evaluated for the Journal or is in the process of revision after the peer review decision.
The Journal does allow the authors to archive the final published article, often a pdf file, in an open access repository, after authors inform the editorial office. The final version of the article and its internet page contains information about copyright and how to cite the article. Only this final version of the article is uploaded online, on the Journal's official website, and only this version should be used for self-archiving and should replace the previous versions uploaded by authors in the open access repository.