My paper was accepted by a publisher; an acceptance letter was mailed to me. However, later my institution didn’t allow me to publish there, because it the journal isn’t indexed by Scopus? How can I withdraw the paper; is there any issue if I submit my paper to another publisher?

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    Can you please add some more details? What reason might your institution have for allowing you to publish in some venues but not others? The answer will likely depend on those details.
    – jakebeal
    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:03
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    You might also want to say which country you are in. The idea of a university censoring where or what you can publish, for example, would be entirely counter to the US notion of academic freedom. Dec 29, 2015 at 6:13
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    Thank you.. the reason is the journal is not Scopus indexed and my institute doesn't allow me to do so! Dec 29, 2015 at 6:25
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    Thank you #electrique it helps me ur URl!!!! actually they didn't publish it so what do I do if I want to publish in other journal? what are the legal issues in such a process could any one help me? Dec 29, 2015 at 14:01
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    Have you signed an agreement to transfer the paper's copyright to the publisher, or to grant them a license to publish? If not, you can withdraw the paper unilaterally. If yes, then you will need the journal's permission to withdraw - if they won't let you, then you will simply have to deal with the consequences at your institution. Dec 29, 2015 at 18:13

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Your question is the result of going against the grain. You should have looked first if your university had any rule regarding which journal to publish. This is important even now as you can re-submit to another unwanted journal by the university.

Depending on the limited data given by yourself I suggest you get a confirmation from the journal that your article will not be published by them. Until that time, do not send your article to another journal for review. . Again I assume that perhaps you wanted to fund the article through university and that is why university refuses article. Is this the case? If it is, then you should either publish without any funding from the university or follow above mentioned suggestion.

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