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Policy on the use of AIM supplied PDFs

Copyright Sharing and Permission for Use

The purchase of AIM editions, like the purchase of any edition, does not automatically convey permission or a license to perform the work for profit. Permission to reproduce works in the AIM catalog or to perform works for profit, must be secured in advance of publication or performance. Please use the AIM Permissions form (PDF) to request such permission.

[This form is supplied as a PDF file. You will need Acrobat Reader to open and print the file, a program which is freely available from Adobe.]

Patrons of libraries or archives with direct subscriptions:
The American Institute of Musicology extends to patrons of a library with a direct subscription to either Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae or Corpus of Early Keyboard as well as individual subscribers of Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae and Corpus of Early Keyboard Music, limited permission to reproduce any part of an edition for study or performance.

The copyright sharing policy applies if the following criteria are met:

  1. The material to be reproduced belongs to a series to which the library or individual has a direct standing order. Orders through third-party vendors and individual orders do not apply.
  2. The use is limited to personal study or not-for-profit performance.

To take advantage of the policy, simply request permission in writing from the publisher. Faculty members, students, and library patrons are invited to participate.

For all requests, please use the  AIM Permission Form.

[This form is supplied as a PDF file. You will need Acrobat Reader to open and print the file, a program which is freely available from Adobe.]

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Policy on the use of AIM supplied PDFs

Understanding copyright transfer

When your article is accepted for publication by AIM, we ask you to sign an author agreement, one that transfers your copyright to the AIM. As the administrator of your article's copyright, AIM ensures through managing the licensing and permissions process that your scholarship will receive the widest possible distribution among educational audiences, and consequently, the greatest success of engaging in active scholarly discourse.

The transfer of copyright to AIM is largely designed to allow you to focus on your research rather than on the details associated with copyright ownership. The downside to this, as we understand, is not having complete control over the dissemination of your article. However, please be assured that AIM takes the administration of your copyright and management of the associated rights very seriously.

When you publish with AIM, you reap the benefit of a professional publishing house committed to the scholarly enterprise. With our publishing expertise we ensure the widespread distribution of your article throughout the world and to the broadest audience.
The AIM also supports and encourages our authors’ own efforts to promote and disseminate their works. Your rights are governed by your Publication Agreement and by the provisions noted below. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact: permissions (at)

Understanding the different publishing states of an article or book chapter.

For the purpose of defining how PDFs of author articles or book chapters can be used, we offer the following distinctions.

Author’s Original Version

The author’s original version is defined here as the un-refereed author version of an article that is considered by the author to be of sufficient quality to be submitted for formal peer review. The author accepts full responsibility for the article, and the author is responsible for all of the content and layout. Prior to acceptance for publication by AIM, authors retain the right to make their original version of the article available on their own personal website and/or that of their employer and/or in free public servers of original version articles in their subject area.

Accepted Manuscript and all versions through Page Proofs

The accepted manuscript is defined here as the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by AIM, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions, before it has undergone copyediting and proof correction. Page proofs represent the initial typesetting, layout, and design of your article or book chapter.
These documents may not be shared or posted publically under any circumstances. They represent “unfinished” work, and as such these pages need to remain private in part to avoid future citation confusion.

Version of Record

The version of record is the fixed and final version of the article or book chapter that has been made available by AIM by formally and exclusively declaring the article “published.”

Terms and Conditions for the Provision of PDF files produced by AIM.

The use of any PDF of your article or book chapter provided by AIM is subject to the following provisions.

1. The PDF is made available principally for the author’s private use, or for academic teaching/research purposes by the author within his/her own institution, including use in course packs or in closed teaching online repositories.

2. You may provide PDFs of your article or book chapter to your colleagues for the purposes of scholarly exchange. Copies may not be provided for compensation, for the purposes of republication or preparing derivative works, or as part of the systematic provision of copyrighted material to a third party.

3. The PDF may not be posted on a public or open website including personal webpages, department webpages, or publically accessible archives such as Instead, we would encourage you to publish an abstract of the article and provide a link to your professional email account. When you are contacted, you may supply a copy of the PDF of your article or book chapter, furthering scholarly exchange. AIM believes that authors should be involved in the sharing of their scholarly work. Sharing is not possible with blind copying or distribution. Sharing work personally also allows authors to be aware of others working in their area of expertise. These sites would also be a good place to post a prominent statement of the full bibliographical details, and, if you wish, a link to the AIM webpage of the original publication.

4. The PDF may not be altered and ‘passed off’ in an altered form as the original work, nor altered for any reason without the permission of the American Institute of Musicology.

5. The PDF may not be used in any other way which infringes the intellectual property rights of the copyright holder and/or software owner and/or owner of the rights to the material. Note especially that if you have included copyrighted material in your article or book chapter, the further publication of a PDF in public or semi-private websites may be restricted, or you may need to obtain further permission from copyright holders in order to support further publication of the PDF. Please note that all graphic elements, including plates and examples, as well as audio examples may require special permission to publish in any other form than the Version of Record.

6. The PDF may be uploaded to an institutional and/or centrally organized non-commercial (no fees charged for posting or downloading) repository, provided that public availability is delayed for a minimum of 12 months after first publication by AIM. When uploading an article or book chapter to a repository, authors should include a full bibliographic citation to the original publication.

When can I post my article?

Author Original Version. There are no restrictions on posting an original version of your article or book chapter, except to note that posting a paper online may, in some cases, constitute prior publication, and that may in some circumstances disqualify your work for inclusion in AIM publications. Further, doing so may damage the integrity of our blind peer review process.

Accepted manuscript, and PDF versions of the article prior to the Version of Record. To avoid citation confusion, and to protect the publication process, we discourage online posting of pre-publication versions of articles.

Version of Record. We encourage you to advertise your completed work by publishing abstracts and links to a professional email account so that you can be consulted and can be aware of who is using your work. Articles posted to a closed archive or institutional repository, however, may not be made publicly available until the embargo period has been observed.

24.06.2022   PrivacyContactLibrarians • Authors