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The text from the Copyright Transfer Form is as follows:

Formal written transfer of copyright from the Author(s) to the Journal is required for each manuscript. Such transfer ensures that the manuscript is first published in the Journal. The Journal retains the right to provide for the widest possible dissemination of the manuscript through first publication, reprints, and translations, in all formats and media, including print, electronic and/or web based media. Without this transfer of copyright, such activities on the part of the Journal and the corresponding dissemination of information are limited; transfer of copyright is also required to enable the Journal to defend against plagiarism and other forms of copyright infringement. We therefore ask that you complete and return this form promptly. Your cooperation is essential and appreciated.

Copyright of the article below to be published in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration is hereby transferred throughout the world and for the full term and all extensions and renewals thereof, to the Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration.

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