The Clay Minerals Society Electronic Publishing Policy

Journals Online

The Clay Minerals Society (CMS) makes Clays and Clay Minerals available in electronic form via the Internet through GSW and Ingenta

The Clay Minerals Society is also a participating publisher in Elements (ISSN 18115209) and this is available online through the Elements website. Copies of Elements are provided to library subscribers to Clays and Clay Minerals.


Titles, authors, and abstracts of articles in Clays and Clay Minerals are available to anyone at no cost on both the Ingenta and GeoScience World websites. A subscription is required to view the full text of articles on both sites.  

Titles, authors, abstracts, and full text of articles in Elements (one month after publication) are available to anyone on the Elements website

Electronic-only subscriptions

Subscriptions to electronic-only versions of Clays and Clay Minerals are available, through the Ingenta website. Please contact the CMS office for price details.

Subscribers to GeoScience World may purchase paper versions of Clays and Clay Minerals to accompany their electronic access. Please contact the CMS office ( for price details.

Online formats

Clays and Clay Minerals papers available through the Ingenta website are in pdf format.

Clays and Clay Minerals papers available through GeoScienceWorld are in both pdf and html formats.  The html version has reference linking, downloadable high-resolution figures and tables, the ability to export bibliographic references to various citation managers, and searching of the full text.

Back issues

Access to all electronic back issues online is included in a current subscription.

Authentication for online access

For material on the Ingenta website, access is provided following authentication by means of IP or range of IP addresses for institutional subscribers and ID + password for members.

Access to material hosted on GeoScienceWorld requires a subscription to GeoScienceWorld. The method of authentication is by IP address.

Proxy servers

Organizations that network their environment with a proxy server may register the IP address of the proxy server for authentication provided they limit the access to the authorized sites and users by technical methods, such as router setting, or some other means. The proxy server must be owned by the end-user, not a subscription agency or reseller. Access must not be provided via an open proxy server.

Number of concurrent users

CMS places no restrictions on the number of concurrent users.


The Clay Minerals Society and its suppliers shall use all reasonable endeavors to provide 24 hour electronic availability of Clays and Clay Minerals, but if access is suspended or interrupted or a fault or defect occurs which prevents access to the server, the Clay Minerals Society shall accept no liability. The User is responsible for all charges associated with accessing the content, including any computer equipment, telephone or Internet connections and access software. The Clay Minerals Society reserves the right to refuse access to any individual, network or User at any time.


A `site’ is defined as a single contiguous geographical location in a specific city or locale, e.g. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  All IP addresses within the range supplied by the end-user can access the electronic version.  Such a site would normallyhave been covered by a single subscription to the paper version. The Society will consider applications to network its content over multiple sites which are not contiguous but which are part of a single institution. Contact the Society office (


A signed license agreement is not required for online access. However, all subscribers are expected to follow CMS’s Electronic Publishing Policies.

Discontinued Subscriptions

If an organization discontinues its subscriptions they will have online access to those volumes to which they subscribed on the CMS website.  The policies forGeoScienceWorld are given out in the subscriber’s Site License Agreement.

Grace period

CMS grants a grace period after a subscription has expired in order for the next year's subscription to be received.  The grace period is generally a time period that covers up to 3 months.  However, there may be an additional fee charged for late renewals.

Usage Report

Ingenta provides usage reports for Clays and Clay Minerals to individual institutions. Please contact your Ingenta representative for details. Usage reports are also available to subscribers of GeoScience World.

Use of Published Works Online

Material from Clays and Clay Minerals on the Ingenta and GeoScience World websites may be downloaded (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for personal, non-commercial use only.  A subscriber may not:

  1. (a) sell, distribute, license, rent, further reproduce, transmit, modify, adapt, perform, display (including adaptations/displays such as by "framing"), or otherwise exploit the material, or any element of it, for any commercial purpose; 

  2. (b) make the material, or any element of it, available by any means to persons other than authorized users;

  3. (c) make the material, or any element of it, available on, or by, electronic bulletin boards, news groups, Web sites, FTP or any other means of posting or transmitting material on the Internet, an on-line service or wide area network; 

  4. (e) store in electronic or any other form, any significant portion of the material;

  5. (d) remove or obscure the CMS's copyright notice from the material including hard-copy prints-out; 

  6. (e) use the material to create any derivative work, product or service, or merge the material with any other product, database, or service; 

  7. (f) alter, amend, modify, translate, or change the material; 

  8. (g) undertake any activity which may have a damaging effect on CMS's ability to achieve revenue through selling and marketing the material; 

  9. (h) otherwise use the material supplied by CMS in a manner that would infringe the copyright or other proprietary rights contained within it; or  

  10. (i) make the material or any part of it available by remote access to any person other than authorized users


An "authorized user" of an institutional subscriber is:

  1. (a) every member of staff employed by or otherwise accredited by the subscriber;

  2. (b) every student accredited to the subscriber for the purposes of full-time or part-time attendance;

  3. (c) individual members of the public registered as users of thesubscriber's library or information service; and

  4. (d) individual members of the public permitted to use the subscriber's library or information services; in each case who are permitted general access to the Network by the Licensee.

Subscribers shall cause all authorized users to abide by all of the terms and conditions of these policies. In all other cases, only the subscriber is permitted to access the paid subscription service materials

Subscribers found in violation of these policies may have immediate revocation of access to these sites, as well as any other applicable civil or criminal penalties.  Similarly, sharing a subscriber password with a non-subscriber or otherwise making the paid subscription service available to third parties is strictly prohibited, and may subject the subscriber participating in such activities to immediate revocation of access to the paid subscription services; and, the subscriber and any third party, to any other applicable civil or criminal penalties under copyright or other laws. 

Copyright and basic permissions

Much of the materials contained on The Clay Minerals Society website and in its journal are protected under copyright and other laws of the United States, and, under international conventions, similar laws abroad.  Copyright of the materials contained on the CMS website, including, but not limited to, the textual material, artwork, photographs, computer software, audio and visual elements, is owned by The Clay Minerals Society. In addition, copyright in the selection, arrangement and coordination of materials in this website is owned exclusively by CMS.

All materials on this site protected by United States copyright law may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of The Clay Minerals Society.  Trademark, copyright or other notice may not be altered or removed any from copies of the content.  Permission to reproduce material may be obtained by contacting the Society office (

Inter Library Loan (ILL). CMS allows libraries to make a single copy of an article from their collection.  The copymay be made from either the paper edition or the electronic edition. The library is notallowed to forward the electronic edition, rather the library must scan the copy they made, and send that digital copy to the requesting library.

A library is allowed to copy 5 articles from a single title per year for ILL purposes.  For the 6th and succeeding copies the library must pay a copyright fee to the Copyright Clearance Center <>.

If the library supplies articles for for-profit clients, such fulfillment is counted separately from the above and the copyright fee must be paid for each article.

Open-access and self-archiving

For CMS, the term `open-access’ means the full text of an article in the journal is made free to anyone from the moment it is published.  CMS will provide open-access to any article posted on the CMS website or on GeoScience World for which an author pays the $250 per page creation cost. The author could link to this free-access article from any other site.

The term `Self-archiving’ means the article is posted and made available on another institution's website, presumably for free to anyone.  CMS will provide a pdf file for self-archiving of any article for which an author pays the $250 per page creation cost.  The organization is encouraged to link to the article on the CMS site, rather than hosting the file themselves.

US National Institutes of Health's (NIH) public access

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) requests any author whose research received any direct support from NIH funding to submit their accepted, but not necessarily edited, manuscripts related to that research to PubMed Central, the digital library maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) within 12 months of acceptance.  PubMed Central will post the paper within 12 months of the final publication date.  This new policy is voluntary. Although the policy will only affect NIH-funded research, and very few CMS members or publications, it will probably influence the future of publication and dissemination practices for all federally-funded scientists, publishers and funding agencies. The CMS has added the following statement to the Clays and Clay Minerals copyright assignment forms we ask authors to sign:

"The journal acknowledges that the author retains the right to provide a copy of the accepted manuscript as returned to CMS to NIH for public archiving in PubMed Central. CMS asks that the statement be added that deposited material was published in Clays andClay Minerals, and include the full citation and DOI."

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