As a researcher you will need to use other people's copyright material in your own work. The Copyright Toolkit for Researchers (to the right) explains how to manage copyright matters in your research.
The most important elements of copyright legislation relevant to researchers are: Fair Dealing and Reasonable Portions.
Fair Dealing for the purpose of research and study allows an individual to make a copy of a ‘reasonable portion’ of a copyrighted work for their own research and study without seeking permission or making any royalty payment. Always include a full acknowledgement of the author.
A ‘reasonable portion’ of a work for to be copied for your own research consists of:
1 chapter or 10% of the pages (whichever is greater).
You may copy more than a ‘reasonable portion’ for research and study if:
Any work of fewer than 15 pages from an anthology of separate works (e.g. a selection of essays, a collection of poems, etc.).
It is considered ‘reasonable’ to reproduce ‘artistic works’ (including maps, diagrams, graphs, etc) that accompany and illustrate or explain a text being copied under Fair Dealing.
One article from any one issue of a journal, or more than one from an issue of a journal if they are required for the same research or course of study.
The Copyright Act allows you to download 10% of the number of words in a published work in electronic form. However, many websites give either an implicit or explicit licence to download their materials:
Acknowledgement to Murdoch University for some of the information on this page.
Download this document for ready-reference during your research. It includes a sample permission letter and a checklist as well as easy-to-read information on the copyright implications for higher degree research students and academic staff.
The University's digital repository e-publications@bond contains theses and research outputs of Bond University academic staff.
The repository also contains Copyright guidelines for Authors which provides brief but concise information about retention of copyright and understanding versions of articles.
If you would like to know more about publishing and open access visit the Open Access and Scholarly Publishing guide.