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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.


A note on retaining your rights as an Academic Author

Authors shall 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 you can make available online


Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.

Essential to know which article version you can upload in fulltext and where (personal/institutional web page, repository, etc.)


DULCINEA summaries editorial policies of Spanish journals towards open access self-archiving. 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.


Page last updated on 25 November 2022

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