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Memorandum of Understanding

You have submitted a manuscript to the Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law (IBSL) for possible publication. If accepted for publication, you, as the author, give IBSL the right to print, publish, copy, and distribute the article, now or in the future, in The Bottom Line.  IBSL agrees that you, as the author(s), will be identified as the author(s) of the article, regardless of the form, medium, or place in which it is used. 

  1. You warrant that the article does not violate any existing copyright, either in whole or in part, that it contains no libelous or otherwise unlawful statements; that it will not infringe upon any trademark, patent, proprietary, personal, or statutory right of others; and that you have the right or permission to use the material in the article.
  2. Articles accepted for publication in The Bottom Line can be published elsewhere prior to or after publication.  However, if the article has been previously published in whole or in part, the author must provide IBSL with proof of the original publisher’s authorization for permission to reprint the article. 
  3. Once the article is published, IBSL allows the author nonexclusive, unrestricted license to use, reproduce, adapt, and distribute the article for presentation in any medium, including display on your company's web site, continuing legal education programs, seminars, newsletters, speeches, or similar activities.
  4. IBSL may make editorial changes necessary for conformity with IBSL style, policy, or for updating. The article will not be published until pageproofs are received from the author.
  5. This agreement shall be interpreted according to the laws of Florida.  This agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the parties. No provision of the agreement shall be waived, modified, or terminated except by a rider to the agreement signed by all parties.
  6. The Bottom Line does not pay authors for writing articles.

Thank you for your submission. Each author of the article must sign and date a copy of this agreement and return the original to The Bottom Line, 750 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 204, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316.

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