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Copyright Transfer

When a paper of yours has been accepted, the publishing journal typically sends to you (either along with the note of acceptance or shortly thereafter) a transfer of copyright agreement form, either electronically or by regular mail. In place of whatever language the journal proposes, you should impose the following statement (authorized by the LBNL Patent Department), either where the journal invites such language or somewhere plainly visible on the form:

  • This manuscript has been authored by an author at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government retains, and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges, that the U.S. Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.

This statement is available on labels (“stickers”) that may be attached to a journal’s hard-copy of the transfer of copyright agreement form or may be copy/pasted into the form if the form is to be submitted on-line. Please contact your local administrative point of contact or the ESD Report Coordinator if you need such a sticker or further assistance. Note that if you or another LBNL author is not the lead author of the paper, you need not impose this statement. If you are the corresponding author but not the lead author, please confer with the lead author to decide how you would like to handle this issue.

Contacts/More Information
  • ESD Report Coordinator: Dan Hawkes, Technical Editor/Writer,, (510) 486-8602
  • Publishing Charge Payments and Backup Report Coordinators: Please contact your local Administrative Point of Contact

For a complete description of these and all other policies, please refer to the LBNL RPM at: