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Copyright and Authors Rights


It is essential for scholars to understand the copyrights and licensing implications of publishing and sharing research outputs. 

Discover the opportunities of retaining your copyright, chosing openness, and applying licences to your work that enable reuse.

Staff assists you in checking which article version you can share in Open Access. Contact [email protected] or follow the instructions below.

Retaining your rights: Authors can always try to retain more rights over the work through negotiation with the publisher. For that purpose SPARC has developed an Author Addendum that can be added to your paper at submission. In addition, cOAlition S has announced its Rights Retention Strategy, that aims is to empower researchers funded by cOAlition S to retain control over their work. This strategy will allow authors to publish in their journal of choice, including subscription journals, while retaining the right to self-archive the author’s accepted manuscript of their papers immediately upon publication under a CC BY licence.

 Check publishers' copyright policies: which article can you make available online


Sherpa2015Publisher Copyright Policies & Self-archiving - to know which article version you can upload in fulltext and where (personal/institutional web page, repository, etc.). Covers English language Journals. New 2020 version of Sherpa-Romeo


heloiseTo check the article version allowed for French language journals




To know which article version is allowed for Spanish language journals



Open Licences

Creative Commons licenses provide an easy way to manage the copyright terms that attach automatically to all creative material under copyright. These licenses allow scholarly works to be shared and reused under terms that are flexible and legally sound. Creative Commons offers a core suite of six copyright licenses.


* Image adapted from: Pascal Braak, Hans de Jonge, Giulia Trentacosti, Irene Verhagen, & Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer. (2020, October 28). Guide to Creative Commons for Scholarly Publications and Educational Resources (Version final). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4090923


Page last updated on 08 April 2021

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