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Author rights

Retaining your rights

Rights retention in scholarly works ensures:

  1. Scholarly work is more visible and discoverable, leveraging existing investment in institutional repositories
  2. Authors or universities retain the right to make scholarly works open access and authors can benefit from a potential citation advantage
  3. Increased compliance with institutional open access policies
  4. Improved researcher compliance with funder open access policies
  5. Clearer communication of reuse rights via consistent licensing

From the CAUL Intellectual property rights retention in scholarly works at Australian universities report, 2020.

In order to deposit a version of your work in Pure, Bond University's institutional repository, and make it openly accessible you must hold the copyright to that work, or it must be a version of your work allowed by the publisher to be made available in an institutional repository.

If you retain copyright

If you retain copyright to the work in question, or it has been published under a Creative Commons licence (see below), you will be able to submit it to Pure. If you share the copyright with other authors, check with them to make sure they also approve of the work being archived and made available in the institutional repository.

Applying a Creative Commons licence to your work

If you have elected to publish in an Open Access journal your work will most likely have a Creative Commons licence attached which set by the journal, for example the Atrribution Licence CC-BY. A CC licence gives the author copyright ownership over the work and allows the work to be reproduced and distributed under the provisions of the licence. There are six main licences to choose from and once a publication is available under a CC licence this will be replicated in the repository. Visit this Creative Commons website page for further licence information and to see a range of examples.  

If you have created a work for an independent publication, say on a blog, the output and the blog can be licensed.

Choosing a CC licence

Please contact the Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright if you would like to discuss licensing your academic output.

Publishing Agreement addendums

It is sometimes possible to negotiate with publishers to retain some or all of your publishing and open access rights. At the very least, you should try to retain the right to self-archive a copy of your work an institutional repository by using an addendum to the Publishing Agreement.

An author's addendum is a legal document that modifies the publisher's agreement and allows authors to keep rights to their work. Listed below are some free resources which can help authors negotiate contract terms with publishers:

  • SPARC Author Addendum
    The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal tool that amends the publisher's agreement allowing authors to keep articles key rights.
  • Science Commons:Scholar's Copyright Agreement
    This is an online form which helps authors to generate a PDF file that can be attached to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to retain specific author rights.

Authorship and researcher ID

Establishing a unique author/researcher identity is an important step to improving your research visibility and impact. There are various options for creating a unique identity, with ORCID being the latest development.  ORCID is well supported by many publishers.

ORCID is a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current author ID schemes which includes:

Author's rights