Copyright Transfer Process

Authors publishing in The Earth Scientist are required to transfer copyright for their articles to NESTA. The information below provides additional detail about our copyright requirements. Authors will be sent a copyright form to complete once their articles have been accepted for publication.


NESTA recognizes the need of authors to have a say in how their works are used. Authors still retain all rights other than copyright, the right to present the material orally, the right to reproduce figures, tables, and extracts properly cited, and the right to deny commercial use by others. Authors may also reproduce their work for educational purposes, providing that they give proper credit to its publication by NESTA (journal name, issue, pages, and date), and include a statement that NESTA holds the copyright.

Public Domain

Work prepared by U.S. Government employees in their official capacities is not subject to copyright in the United States. Such authors may place their papers in the public domain, which means that it may be freely copied, republished, and redistributed. In order for the work to be placed in the public domain, all authors must be official U.S. Government employees.

Works Prepared by Both Privately Employed Persons and Official U.S. Government Employees

If authorship includes both U.S. Government and privately employed individuals, we require at least one privately employed author to transfer copyright to NESTA. This kind provides ultimate protection and broad dissemination of the work.

Works Supported by U.S. Government Grants or Contracts

Authors who are publishing works supported by a U.S. Government grant or contract are asked to transfer copyright to NESTA. This enables broader dissemination of the work while recognizing the U.S. Government's prior license to use the work for noncommercial purposes.

Copyright Permission for Reprinted/Modified Figures/Tables

If any of the figures/tables in the article are reprinted or modified from another source (this includes any that were redrawn but are basically unaltered or have only slight modifications), NESTA requires proof that the copyright holder(s) has granted permission to use them before the article can be published. If the original copyright holder has given blanket permission for reuse with credit, a copy of the published permission statement is sufficient. If the material is in the public domain, please provide confirmation of this. Material originally published in NESTA publications does not require copyright permission as long as proper credit is given.

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Current Issue

The Summer 2015 issue of The Earth Scientist marks the change over to a digital Journal. This issue contains three articles that will hep you engage students in new and different ways, from getting them excited about the potential of geospatial technologies as a career path to reimagining how to teach about rock types to incorporating local research into water studies to make them truly dynamic. Included as well is an announcement of the annual NESTA awards which were presented in Chicago during the NSTA Annual Conference this past March.

As we move into the digital format for the Journal, we encourage you to engage with us in creating a Journal that can meet the demands of the 21st century classroom and the teachers and students that make it come alive.