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Contributor's Agreement

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Copyright and editorial matters


Copyright in the Contribution will remain with you and/or the person from whom you derive publication or republication rights.

Copyright in the form of our publication of the Contribution vests exclusively in us.

We will insert a notice in the Journal acknowledging the copyright position (in the form of " The National Forum and contributors (year). All rights reserved.").

Editorial amendments

We may alter grammatical construction, punctuations and citations to conform with the general style of the Journal and accepted grammatical standards.

We also may edit the Contribution as we sees fit, whether for reasons of length, accuracy, legal reasons (such as potential defamation) or otherwise. We are not responsible to you for a failure to edit, or an inadequate editing of, the Contribution for legal reasons.

Generally, we will not make significant amendments to the Contribution that in our view materially alter the underlying message or substantive content of the Contribution without your permission.

You consent to us amending and publishing your amended Contribution on this basis, despite any moral rights that you otherwise could assert in respect of the Contribution.

Your responsibilities

Content responsibility

The accuracy of the Contribution, including references and citations, is your responsibility.


You warrant to us that both at the time of submission and at the time of publication (if any) of the Contribution:

  • subject to this document, you are the sole owner of copyright and all other rights in and to the Contribution.
  • the grant of rights to us and others in this document will not infringe the rights of any other person or constitute a breach of any other agreement.
  • the Contribution is your original work and expresses your original ideas and words (except where due acknowledgment and attribution is given).
  • you have obtained copyright clearance and all other licences or permissions from the relevant rights holders for any material included in the Contribution that does not constitute fair dealing permitted under applicable copyright laws.
  • the Contribution contains nothing defamatory, false, misleading or deceptive and its publication by us is lawful.


You indemnify us and our directors, officers, employees and agents against all loss, damage and expense incurred or suffered directly or indirectly by them as a result of us publishing the Contribution when any warranty is false, misleading, inaccurate or incomplete.

Our publishing rights


You grant to us a world-wide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, unrestricted licence to:

  • publish and republish the Contribution in the Journal and in our other electronic and physical publications;
  • use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute and display the Contribution, or incorporate it in other works, in whole or in part;
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  • incorporate the Contribution into a product (which may be a computer program) combining text, data, audio and images in digitized form in such manner as we deem appropriate and to exploit that product,

through any device or medium for electronic, physical or other reproduction, publication, distribution or transmission, whether now or later known or developed.

We may sub-license others to do any or all of the above in relation to the Contribution.

Further assuring our rights

At our request and expense, you will execute and deliver to us all such instruments and take such other actions as may be requested by us to obtain the benefit of and perfect the licences and consents granted under this document.

No payment

The National Forum is a not-for-profit company. We may publish the Contribution without payment to you.

However, if we re-publish the Contribution in a form (other than the Journal) that directly derives income to us, we will equitably compensate you from any net profits received by us, in accordance with standard publishing industry practices from time to time.

No guarantee of publication or continuing availability

Nothing in this document shall be construed as a promise by us to publish the Contribution.

If we publish the Contribution, we may later edit it or remove it from our web site, or otherwise cease publication, at our discretion without notice or liability to you and without limiting our rights under this document.


To the extent permitted by law and subject to our obligation under this document to equitably compensate you in certain circumstances, your sole remedy against us for our breach of this document is to require us to cease future publication of the Contribution to the extent this is reasonably practical.

Others' rights to deal with your Contribution

Creative commons licence

Unless you advise us on submission of the Contribution for possible publication, others (that is, readers of the Journal) will be permitted to republish the Contribution under a limited creative commons licence. Under the terms of that licence, users are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work under the following conditions:

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  • users' fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.

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If you require that others may deal with the Contribution under a different creative commons licence, you must tell us and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Where you do not want a creative commons licence to apply

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No responsibility

In any event, we are not responsible to you if a third party reproduces the Contribution or otherwise infringes your rights without our permission.

Other matters


You may withdraw the Contribution from consideration by written notice to us at any time prior to being advised of its acceptance or rejection.

Duration of this agreement

The rights conferred us by this document commence from when you submit the Contribution to us.

If we publish the Contribution, these rights continue forever even if the Contribution is subsequently removed from our web site. If we elect not to publish the Contribution, our rights cease immediately upon you being notified that the Contribution has been rejected.


The consideration for this document is our agreement to consider the Contribution for possible publication in the Journal.

Governing law

This document is governed by the laws of Queensland, Australia. You irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of courts exercising jurisdiction there.


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