All articles published on the Worldwide Medicine website are protected by copyright held by the journal. This copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including in electronic forms, reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, or similar. Except for articles published on an open access basis, the transfer of copyright to Worldwide Medicine becomes effective when an article is accepted for publication. As author of a journal article, you retain the rights detailed in the following: 1. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of your article can be found on the relevant webpage of Worldwide Medicine. 2. The above permissions apply to authors whose articles are to be published by Worldwide Medicine and authors who have purchased a copy or received a complimentary copy of their published article. 3. This policy does not apply to pay-per-view customers and subscribers, who should adhere to their respective agreed policies. a. The publisher-created version can only be posted where a gold access fee has been paid and the article contains an OpenAccess mark. b. You may post the preprint anywhere at any time, provided it is accompanied by the following acknowledgement: - Preprint of an article submitted for consideration in Worldwide Medicine [Year] [copyright Worldwide Medicine] [www.theworldwidemedicinemedicine.com] - Preprint of an article published in [Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages] [Article DOI] [copyright Worldwide Medicine] [www.theworldwidemedicinemedicine.com] c. After publication in web site, you may post the accepted author manuscript on your personal website, your institutional or subject repositories of your own choice or as stipulated by the Funding Agency. Please provide the following acknowledgement: - Electronic version of an article published as [Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, Pages] [Article DOI] [copyright Worldwide Medicine] [Journal URL] Definitions: "preprint" - a version of an article created prior to peer review "accepted author manuscript" - an author-created version of the final journal article (to reflect changes made in peer review and editing) "publisher-created version" - the definitive final record of published research that appears in the journal and embodies all value-adding publisher activities including copy-editing, formatting and pagination.