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Copyright in Research

Copyright issues specific to Research

Copyright Transfer

As an author, you own the copyright in your work, however where works are created as part of paid employment, it is typically the employer who owns the copyright. We seek to encourage authors to retain copyright in their work, and to avoid transferring it to a publisher unnecessarily upon publication.

We encourage authors to use the SPARC Author Addendum when signing publishers’ contracts or copyright transfer agreements as it will be of benefit to you, the author, to retain copyright in your work. The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument and free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons, that modifies the publisher's agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles.

The Scholarly Communications Team can offer free consultations to staff and students regarding copyright publication of your work.

Creative Commons

We encourage authors to licence their work using a Creative Commons licences (indeed this is increasingly required by some research funders). Creative Commons licensing provides a flexible choice of licences which work alongside copyright and allow you to define your own copyright terms to best suits your needs, for example to require attribution to you for your work.

Third-Party Copyright

If you wish to use third-party copyright material in your research (publications, presentations, websites, for example) then you may need to seek permission from the copyright-holder to include these. Particular attention should be paid to the use of photographs and graphics. The Scholarly Communications Team can offer free consultations to staff and students regarding copyright in your work.

Centre for Research Collections

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) offers a range of copying services for its readers, including photocopying, digital imaging and printing from microfilm.

CRC digital imaging and copying

Further Resources

Creative Commons

SPARC Author Addendum

Scholarly Communications Team

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