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Springer Nature Book Author Reuse Guidelines

Springer Natures authors should always check their licence to publish (LTP) or copyright transfer statement (CTS) regarding their specific retained rights to republish their work with third parties.

Springer Nature believes that the content we publish should be available for further research and analysis. In order to drive the maximum re-use and utility of published research, we ask Authors to comply with available field-specific standards for the preparation and recording of data.
Springer Nature allows authors to copy, distribute or otherwise reuse the work, without the requirement to seek specific prior written permission from Springer Nature in accordance with the following provisions:

1. Reuse of any part of the work is permitted in a new edition of the work, proceedings chapter, or a new chapter in a new edited volume, written by the same Author provided that in each case the new work is published by Springer Nature under a publishing agreement with Springer Nature, and that at least ten percent (10%) of the new work is new additional content; and

2. Reuse of any part of the work is permitted in a new monograph, chapter of an edited volume, or new textbook written by the same Author provided always that in each case the new work is published by the Springer Nature under a publishing agreement with us, and that at least eighty percent (80%) of the new work is new additional content; and

3. Reuse of up to ten percent (10%) of the work is permitted in a new monograph or textbook written by the same Author which is not published by Springer Nature; and

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5. Any further Reuse of the work is permitted only to the extent and in so far as is reasonably necessary: 
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In each case where the Author has Reuse rights or we grant specific use rights to the Author according to the above provisions, this shall be subject always to the Author obtaining at the Author’s sole responsibility, cost and expense the prior consent of any co-author(s) and/or any relevant third party.

Springer Nature Journal Author Reuse Guidelines

Springer Nature Journal and Proceedings Authors may find information on any relevant embargos or on open access licensing on our Journal Policies page

Springer Nature Contributor/Chapter Author Reuse Guidelines

Springer Nature Chapter and Contributing authors are entitled to reuse their contribution in any collected work consisting solely of the Author’s own works by requesting a licence from bookpermissions@springernature.com

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Articles published in Nature-branded journals from 2017 and a selection of Springer journals from 2015 are included in our Research Gate partnership. Newly published articles from these journals are uploaded upon publication, and all uploaded articles are linked to author’s ResearchGate profiles. Authors with a ResearchGate account are informed of an upload via email and a notification on the ResearchGate platform. If you are a Springer Nature author, have a ResearchGate profile, and did not receive a notification of your article upload to ResearchGate, the journal that you published in may not currently be part of the partnership. Further information about the partnership can be found in our whitepaper “Researchers at the centre: discoverability, visibility, and access”.

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Whenever reusing material from your Springer Nature publication, authors should always include a clear reference to the original work according to any standard referencing style, but the citation should include the following at a minimum

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