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Copyright in Research

Copyright issues specific to Research

Research Publication & Copyright Policy - October 2021

In order for the University and its researchers to comply with funder requirements, and to enable the University to disseminate its research and scholarship as widely as possible, whilst enabling its staff to publish their work in a journal of their choice, The University of Edinburgh adopted a new policy. The key parts of the policy which will come into force on 1 January 2022, are explained here.

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

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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  • You can book a one-to one video consultation with an expert from our team. If you want to find out more about open access (journals, funding, policies etc ), Copyright & Intellectual Property, General publishing activities (request an ISBN or DOI), or research metrics (using Web Of Science or Scopus) please contact our team via email to book a session at a time that suits you.