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All material published in Blood represents the opinions of the authors and does not reflect the opinions of the American Society of Hematology, the Editors, or the institutions with which the authors are affiliated. Authors submitting manuscripts to Blood do so with the understanding that if a manuscript is accepted, the copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to The American Society of Hematology and that the corresponding author and all coauthors will be required to sign their copyright transfer using eJournalPress. A request for this transfer will be sent to each author if a manuscript is accepted. The transfer must be completed by every author before an accepted article is posted to First Edition or otherwise published in the journal.

Blood allows authors to retain a number of nonexclusive rights to their published article. Signatures for copyright transfer are collected online. The work of the authors who are U.S. Federal Government employees is not protected by the Copyright Act, and copyright ownership will not be transferred in these cases. The online form to sign on eJournalPress allows authors to indicate their status as Federal Government employees.

If authors choose to pay Blood’s public access fee (please see the Author Choice section of the Public Access page), the article will be published under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND or CC BY); sharing and reuse of those papers are dictated by the terms of the Creative Commons license.

Authors have permission to do the following after their article has been published in Blood, either in print or online as a First Edition Paper.

The Accepted, First Edition version of articles can be shared by authors:

  • Privately with students or colleagues for their personal use in presentations and other educational endeavors.
  • Privately on the authors’ institutional repositories.
  • On personal websites.

The Final or Print version of articles can be shared by authors:

  • As listed above AND
  • As a link to the article on the journal’s website anywhere at any time.

After Embargo articles can be shared by authors:

  • As listed above AND
  • Publicly on non-commercial platforms.

Specific examples of acceptable author reuse and sharing include:

  • Reprinting the article in print collections of the author’s own writing.
  • Reusing figures and tables created by the author in future works.
  • Reproducing the article for use in courses the author is teaching. If the author is employed by an academic institution, that institution may also reproduce the article for course teaching.
  • Distributing photocopies of the article to colleagues, but only for non-commercial purposes.
  • Posting a copy of the article on the author's personal website, departmental website, and/or the university intranet. A hyperlink to the article on the Blood website must be included.
  • Presenting the work orally in its entirety.
  • Using the article in theses and/or dissertation.

Authors reusing their own material in the above ways must include appropriate attribution and do not need to contact Blood for permission. For all other uses, the author must request permission via Tools > Request Permissions on the article page.

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