Copyright and Permission

All Forum Multimedia Publishing journals are open access and all articles published in Forum Multimedia Publishing are permanently free for all to read, download, copy and distribute.

To access the copyright details for each journal by following the links below:

eCM Journal (Eur Cell Mater)

The Heart Surgery Forum(HSF)


Authors need appropriate permission to reproduce and use any published material (such as graphics, programs, tables, or text extracts) that is not in the public domain or copyrighted. Authors should acquire permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher; see the imprint of individual publications to identify the copyright owner).

The following guidelines about obtaining permission:

When is permission necessary?

  • Images or photographs for which you do not hold the copyright (this also includes your own work published by another publisher and for which you do not retain the copyright);
  • Extensive extracts from anyone's work or series of works;
  • Use of unaltered or slightly modified tables, charts, diagrams, programmes and artwork.

When is permission not required?

  • Reconstructing your own table using data that has been published elsewhere. Please note that in this case, you will need to indicate that you are using the data as "Data from..." or "Adapted from..." as a citation for the source of the data.
  • Graphs, charts, diagrams, schemes and artwork that have been completely redrawn by the author and have been significantly altered beyond recognition do not require a licence.
  • Content that is available through open access can be distributed under CC-BY user licenses or other licenses based on the nature of the intended reuse, such as commercial or non-profit usage. In most cases, a written license isn't necessary; however, a suitable acknowledgment must be given. The reuse permissions for materials may vary depending on the type of license. Before reusing the material, readers are advised to review the license details carefully.

All material submitted to Forum Multimedia Publishing is subject to copyright clearance, so to avoid unnecessary delays in the publication process you should start obtaining permissions as early as possible. If there is any doubt about copyright, please ask for permission. Forum Multimedia Publishing may not distribute material from other publications without permission.

The copyright holder may provide you with instructions on the form of acknowledgement to be used, otherwise use this format: "Reproduced with permission from [author], [book/journal title]; published by [publisher], [year]." at the end of the caption of the Table, Figure or Scheme.

All content posted on Forum Multimedia Publishing is subject to copyright review. To avoid delays, it is recommended to obtain permissions as soon as possible. If you have any doubts about copyright, please request permission. Forum Multimedia Publishing cannot distribute content from other publications without permission.

The copyright owner may provide instructions on how to acknowledge their work. If not, follow this format: This material is used with permission from [author], [title of book/journal]; published by [publisher], [year]. Place it at the end of the title of the table, figure or program.


Authors may share their work ahead of submission to a peer-reviewed journal, as well as during the Forum Multimedia Publishing review process, on repositories or preprint servers (such as arXiv, PeerJ Preprints, OSF, and others), provided that the server imposes no restrictions upon the author's full copyright and re-use rights.

  • The manuscript must indicate the correct source from the original repository or preprint server at the time of initial submission.
  • If the manuscript is submitted during the review process, the correct source must be added at the time of re-submission.
  • Full citations are required in the reference list.

Conferences, Proceedings, and Abstracts

Conference papers submitted as manuscripts for the first time must include a minimum of 30% new content to be regarded as original work. Authors are required to add a substantial amount of original content in the form of new raw material (experiments, data) or new treatment of old data sets which lead to original discussion and/or conclusions, providing value that significantly exceeds the original conference version.

  • seek permission for reuse of the published conference paper if the author is not the copyright holder.
  • The conference should be cited accordingly in the references section.