As an original work you own the copyright in your thesis and data, but if you include any work created by another person this must be cleared before upload into the Research Portal.
To ensure that your thesis is 'Open Access' copyright compliant, you must check the following:
You do not need permission to use:
Using the Copyright for Researchers Toolkit is essential to keep track of any third party copyright material in your work, or if you are planning to produce a thesis by publication.
Download the Toolkit and Copyright Log Template in excel format (available below) to record and track copyright permission requests and licences during your research. The Tootlit contains a sample permission letter, as well as easy-to-read information on gaining copyright permissions for higher degree research students.
Management of copyright material is an important element of your thesis journey.
Careful management of other peoples' work, also known as third-party materials, when writing your thesis will ensure an uncomplicated submission. If copyright material that does not belong to you is included in a thesis, e.g., images, tables, graphs, charts, or a survey template, then you must obtain permission from the copyright owner/publisher to include the reproduced material. Copyright permission is also required if you want to adapt or modify a copyrighted work, e.g., a diagram in a published article or website.
Permission for the reproduction of copyright works, e.g., diagrams, photographs, maps, and tables, can take different routes.
The reproduction of figures and diagrams from scholarly journal articles in a thesis is typically available free of charge, but permission is still required.
The permission letter template in the Copyright for Researchers Toolkit can be used in many cases, however, many publishers direct user permission requests to the RightsLink automated permission-granting service, whilst other publishers have their own online permission request form. The 'Request Permission' link is often found on the same page as the published article, or the journal website.
Publishers generally have a 'Permissions' link near the title of the article as shown in the example below.
Permissions from a publisher come in the form of a licence.
The Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright can assist with copyright permissions and general copyright queries. Please make contact at least three (3) months before your thesis submission date for a thorough copyright check.
Plagiarism occurs when the work of another person, or persons, is used and presented as one's own.
If you include other people’s words, ideas, or materials without proper acknowledgment (such as including an intext citation, footnote, and reference list entry) you are plagiarising. This is classified as academic misconduct.
The University regards very seriously any acts of cheating, or dishonesty by way of plagiarism and there is a range of penalties that may be imposed on an HDR student for instances of plagiarism which is a breach of the University's Research Misconduct Policy (available below).
Bond University uses Turnitin to check HDR student work for plagiarism. Read the poster below which illustrates a wide range of actions that are plagiarism.
Creators of copyright material hold moral rights in the material they create even if they do not hold copyright.
They include the right:
You must fully acknowledge any copyright material that you use. The attribution must be clear and reasonably prominent in captions under artistic works such as images, diagrams and photographs no matter the source, whether it be a journal article, book, another thesis, or a website. Literary works should always carry in-text citations and all works should appear in the reference list.
Copyright Guide for Research Students: What you need to know about copyright before depositing your electronic thesis in an online repository. This is a useful guide for PhD students that contains copyright scenarios.
See the 'Submitting a thesis' tab for further information on presenting your copyright permissions and licences with your thesis.
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