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The White Horse Press publishes academic journals and books specialising in environmental issues.








Transfer of Copyright

Papers published in White Horse Press journals must be original and must not have been published elsewhere (theses, informal departmental working papers and circulation at conferences do not count as publication in this context). Authors should obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their article and in our journal. Copyright in all articles must be transferred to the White Horse Press, to enable their dissemination by all available means without referring back to the authors. This is a stated condition of publication: at present we do not require signature of a formal form of transfer, though we can provide such a form on request. The transfer of copyright is standard practice in serials and journals publishing. It is designed to facilitate the protection from copyright abuse for authors, editors, and publishers involved in the creation of a single copyright product composed of multiple contributions.

Authors retain their proprietory rights. Authors are free to publish their paper either in its original published version or in a revised or expanded form, after it has appeared in the journal, as part of a book written or edited by themselves. Acknowledgement should be made of the original journal publication. Other requests for publication rights (e.g. for inclusion in anthologies edited by third parties) should be referred to the White Horse Press.

Open Access and Posting Articles Online

Authors and grant awarding bodies increasingly demand the right to publish open-access versions of papers that appear in scholarly journals, either freely or on payment of a one-off charge.

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The White Horse Press works with SHERPA/RoMEO, a database of publishers’ Open Access policies that is used worldwide by repository managers, administrators and academics to check what publishers do and do not allow to be archived.


Since 2007, White Horse Press has offered ‘green’ open access to all journal articles. We allow authors to post their own electronic versions of their papers as pre-prints (ie pre-refereeing) or post-prints (ie final draft post-refereeing) subject to the following conditions:


  • Publisher’s version/PDF cannot be used
  • Archive must be on a non-profit server
  • Publisher copyright must be acknowledged
  • Published source must be acknowledged1
  • Link to publisher version must be included2

1 Preprint articles should give the journal name and the date on which the article was accepted for publication. Postprints sent to non-profit institutional or thematic repositories should include a credit line of the form ‘This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted ¬†following peer review for publication in¬†[journal name, volume number, page range].’

2 E.g., ‘The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online, doi: [insert doi from page 1 of the published article]’.


If your funding body requires permanent public open access to the publisher’s online version of your article, we can arrange this for a fee per article of £1500, payable on publication. To ensure fair peer-review, requests for open access will only be dealt with after the article has been finally accepted. Gold Open Access articles are published under the Creative Commons CC-BY licence. Please contact us by email or at the address below for further details.

The following sections on copying and republication do not apply to Gold Open Access articles

Copying of Articles

Authors may share with colleagues copies of an article in its published form as supplied by White Horse Press as a printed or electronic offprint. If we provide a PDF it is intended for personal use only, i.e. you can use it to print copies or to send instead of offprints, but it must NOT be published more widely or made accessible via the internet.

Authors may make printed copies of all or part of their own articles for use for lecture or classroom purposes or for distribution at conferences, provided that such copies are not offered for sale or distributed in any systematic way, and provided that due acknowledgement is made.

A person who is not the author may make one copy of an article for the purposes of private study or research. Unlicensed multiple copying without permission is illegal. Permission to make multiple copies for course packs etc. can be obtained by librarians through the Copyright Licensing Agency.

Republication and Permissions

If you are the author or co-author, after your paper has appeared in the journal you are free to republish it (in its original form, or as extracts or in a revised verion, but not using the Publisher’s typesetting) as part of a book written or edited by yourself. No permission is needed for this use, but full acknowledgement should be made of the original journal publication.

For any other permission to reuse copyright material, please contact the publishers using the email address below, or apply for permission online through RightsLink.

The Old Vicarage, Winwick
Cambridgeshire, PE28 5PN, UK
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