Copyright and Presenter Responsibilities

Your efforts as a presenter at the SETAC North America meeting are valuable, and we want to ensure you are aware of the legal and society requirements regarding to previously published material that may appear in your presentation. Our mission is to provide a forum where scientists, managers and other professionals can exchange information and ideas for the development and use of multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices leading to sustainable environmental quality.


You must properly attribute the original source for any material (text, tables, figures, photos, video, audio) that has been published previously including content that has been published in print, digitally or electronically. Attribution is NOT a substitute for permission to re-use.


If a work has been published previously and is not in the public domain, you must obtain permission to re-use it. For SETAC journals, obtaining permission is a simple process (see through the RightsLink service of the Copyright Clearance Center. Most publishers use a similar service or have their own permission forms available online. For other content, you will need to contact the source to obtain permission for re-use. Be sure that your request includes the educational purpose and the potential uses of the copyrighted material in your presentation: as a reprint in a handout, as a visual during your presentation and as a video or audio product that may be offered for sale.


Some people assume that materials published on a website or webpage are free to be copied or downloaded and re-used without attribution or permission. As with any other publication, that may or may not be true. What is certain is that you are responsible for determining whether permission is required, and you must obtain it where necessary. While SETAC cannot obtain permissions for you, we will be glad to answer questions.

Public Domain

Some government-published content, such as that by the US government, is in the public domain and requires attribution but not permission. However, many other governments publish materials that are not in the public domain; both attribution and permission are required for such content.

For questions, contact, SETAC Publications Manager.

Code of Conduct

SETAC is committed to ethical professional conduct. To ensure Environmental Quality through Science®, SETAC meetings serve as open forums for environmental professionals to present the findings of their scientific research. The opinions and ideas expressed are those of the individual, not of the Society.

By encouraging open discussion and exchange of ideas, SETAC meetings help bring the scientific weight-of-evidence to bear in answering environmental toxicology and chemistry questions. Only through support by data and peer-reviewed publications do scientific findings stand the test of time. Ultimately, these findings are accepted or rejected by an individual’s peers, not by an organization like SETAC.

Presenters at all SETAC meetings worldwide are expected to be civil and to be professional in their words and actions. When you submit an abstract to SETAC, you agree to meet these expectations. SETAC reserves the right to suspend the privileges of presenting at SETAC meetings if such presenters are deemed to be in violation of the code of conduct rules.

Each member and all persons participating in SETAC meetings and activities are bound by this Code of Ethics and should:

  • Conduct themselves responsibly, objectively, lawfully and in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Ensure that presentations during Society-sponsored events and other communications are restricted to, and based on scientific principles and made in a respectful manner.
  • Respect the rights, interests, and contributions of professional colleagues.
  • Respect intellectual property and provide appropriate attribution for all intellectual property arising elsewhere.
  • Declare and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Not knowingly make false or misleading statement(s), or engage in activities that could be viewed as defamatory about a professional colleague or an organization.
  • Recognize and respect confidentiality while being honest and forthcoming in all issues of public record.
  • Objectively and clearly communicate scientific methods, understanding and knowledge in a professional  manner
  • Conduct research and related activities so as to avoid or minimize adverse environmental effects of that research, and ensure compliance with legal requirements for protection of researchers, human subjects, and research organisms and systems.