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elsarticle class and template files: copyright issues

Postby ornithogalum » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:07 pm

I have trouble interpreting the copyright related to modification of the files.

I would like to use elsarticle template and class files to create separate pdf files of the essays that I include in my doctoral thesis (the essays have not yet been published in journals). However, I should do some modifications to the original files before they meet my needs. The most obvious thing is to modify the title page (for example, I do not want to leave any references to Elsevier because that would be misleading). I have no intention of distributing the modified template (.tex) or class (.cls) files. In practice, the resulting pdf files would only be different thesis chapters.

Would I violate the copyright if used the resulting pdf versions of the essays in my dissertation?

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I hope someone with more experience could help me out.


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Postby Johannes_B » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:43 pm


no stupid question at all, but a very good one indeed.

elsarticle licensed the bundle under the LPPL version 1.2, that means you can use the files and even change them if you rename them and make the modifications stand out.

The only purpose of elsarticle class is: Getting the output elsarticle-matching. You don't want that, you want the output to be matching with your PhD. You mentioned chapters: Why not simply use \chapter? This is perfectly fine and done by many many others on a regular basis.

If you insist on an article solution, use the generic article document class, which is much much easier to customize using packages than a journal-class file.

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Postby ornithogalum » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:15 pm

Thank you very much for your quick and clear answer, Johannes!
Moreover, it was nice to get a warm welcome.

I understand why you suggested using \chapter. I don't think it is necessary in my case. Namely, the essays can be separate entities. Sorry for my poor choice of words when I wrote about "chapters."

About elsarticle - I have tested making the needed modifications, and these changes should not be a problem. But you are right, I should also consider using the generic article document class.

All in all, it is good to know that it would be fine to use the modified files in the future when I need to prepare new papers (for example, early drafts and working paper versions) as long as I denote my modifications clearly and rename the files.

ornithogalum, the appreciative newbie

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