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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Find out about author rights, funder policies and the role of repositories in open access scholarly communication and publishing.

Author rights

Retaining your rights

In order to deposit a version of your work in Pure 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.

Creative Commons Licences

If you have elected to publish in an Open Access journal your work will most likely have a Creative Commons licence. 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.

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

If you don’t retain copyright

If you don’t retain copyright, but have transferred your rights to your publisher, you may still be able to deposit a version of your paper in Pure. You may like to check your publisher's copyright policy to determine what is allowed to be submitted to an institutional repository.

It is helpful to know the copyright status of your work before submitting it to Pure, but the Scholarly Publications team can provide assistance in determining the copyright status of your work and complying with publishers’ copyright restrictions.

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.
  • The JISC Author's Licence
    his toolbox has been compiled to enable the author and the publisher to provide a publishing agreement and to identify the issues that should be considered when a scholarly work is submitted to a journal.
  • 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 rearcher ID

Establishing a unique author/researcher identity is an important step to improving your research visibility and impact. There are a variety of 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


  SPARC provides useful information about author rights.

  Check SPARC Author Addendum for better understanding
  of OA authorship.

 

  

  This diagram outlines author's right in OA environment.
 
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Author's rights video

SPARC have released this two-minute video to help authors on the topic of author rights.  The video explains in simple terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights.