L’Enseignement Mathématique

Legal notice

(revised version valid from 2014)

This notice is issued in order to answer legal questions relating to the use of our online content, especially by universities and libraries.

1. L’Enseignement Mathématique is a non-profit foundation registered in Geneva, Switzerland. It holds all copyrights associated with the articles published in the journal of the same name. The authors are of course responsible for the scientific content of their contributions.

2. The aim of the publication is to make the authors' research work widely known and to protect their rights by allowing them to establish intellectual priorities. The digitalized and the online versions have as object to increase the circulation of their results, in space and time.

3. (amended) As from 2014, the electronic version contains the complete contents of the journal.

4. (amended) L’Enseignement Mathématique now provides electronic-only access, as well as a print+online edition for a small price difference.

5. (amended) The European Mathematical Society Publishing House has a very simple policy regarding online access: every subscriber has immediately full access to the entire electronic edition of the journal, as far as available, for the duration of the subscription. With the cancellation of a subscription these rights terminate but subscribers keep access to contents they have paid for ("perpetual access").

6. Remote access. We do not mind if online access is used over VPN or directly from university buildings. Hence access to the online version may be facilitated freely to registered staff/students (by way of password authentication), so that they can view it off-campus.

7. Visitor access. Elementary courtesy requires that non-staff/student visitors be enabled to view the journal if they do so from a computer within the library or university buildings.

8. (amended) Course packs. Libraries may freely supply a print copy of an article published in the journal, as they would deliver photocopies of print articles. By extension, we agree that an electronic copy of articles from the journal be provided on a password-protected Virtual Learning Environment or distance education system.

9. InterLibrary Loan. A print/electronic copy of an article from the journal may be supplied to another institution on request. However, this should be done with some restraint and on a limited basis.

Comment. At this time, we have registered no significant drop in our subscriptions. We reserve the right to suspend the online access if this situation changed and misuses of the ILL facility were reported.

10. (amended) Research repository. An author may deposit an article in an open access research repository in his/her university. However, this facility should be used with some restraint.

11. (new) We do prefer if authors insert the final pdf file of their article in their personal web page, rather than an incorrect previous version. Full reference to the journal must of course be provided and some form of acknowledgement is appreciated ("by the kind permission of Fondation L’Enseignement Mathématique").

For more general guidance, please refer to the Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) registry, which provides guidelines about how to handle electronic content in good faith. The European Mathematical Society Publishing House encourages its subscribers to endorse this project.