What this website can do for you:
This bilingual website is designed to give basic guidance to Japanese scholars, who are trying to publish journal articles and scholarly monographs with English-language publishers outside of Japan. At the suggestion of Western By clicking the links below, you will access information that may help you better:
The Website contains:
We have included links to Japanese and American websites that provide guidelines to American copyright practices governing the use of Japanese images in a range of circumstances, from publications to presentations. Sometimes figuring out exactly which person or organization holds the rights to an image is tricky. We have provided suggestions for determining who might be the likely rights holder in a range of image types and uses. We also offer templates of request letters and permission applications modeled after those used by a number of Japanese institutions. They are bilingual (Japanese and English) in order to meet the needs of North American publishers and Japanese right holders. You may freely adapt these to your own needs when requesting permission for image use. We also offer a few suggestions about how you might speed the movement of your permission request through a Japanese organization.
What this website cannot do:
Please remember that this site is not a source of legal advice. We have done our best to learn from the practices of North American academic publishers and Japanese rights holders of materials interesting to many Japan specialists. However, we cannot promise that all rights holders will respond to the approaches we suggest. Nor can we guarantee all publishers or educational institutions where you would like to use images will be satisfied by the sorts of permission documents we have suggested here. You should always consult with your publisher or with the appropriate officials at your institution for advice on when and what sorts of permissions are necessary, and you should not forget that the decision to grant use permission always rests in the hands of the rights holder.
Key Venues for Publication
1. English-Language Professional Journals (print and electronic):
2. Contributing an article to an edited volume:
3. Publishing a monograph with an English-language publisher:
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