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CentAUR - Copyright

Before you deposit full text output in CentAUR you should have the permission of any co-authors, third party copyright owners and be acting within the licence agreement/contract that you signed with the publisher of that output.

Authors/creators are responsible for checking rights but the repository staff will also check any agreements or policies that are publicly available via the RoMEO database or that are made available to them by the author. Outputs will not be made available in CentAUR if publisher agreements do not permit access.

If the repository staff are notified of a breach of rights caused by the deposit of an output, they will remove it from public view immediately, pending further investigation. The criteria and process for complaint and withdrawal are detailed in the Notice & Takedown policy.

Third party copyright

This is found in items incorporated into the output, for example, text, images, data that are the work of others. If not already done as part of the process of preparing your output for publication, you will need to contact the copyright owners, who may be the original author or the publisher of the excerpt, to obtain permission. For advice on seeking copyright clearance please refer to Information Management and Policy Services (IMPS). You are advised to obtain permission in writing and are invited to lodge this with the repository staff centaur@reading.ac.uk

Publisher agreement/contract

Checking agreements

Check that the publisher allows the output to be deposited/archived in an institutional repository, and if so which version is permissible and the degree of access permitted. A distinction is usually made between an author's personal website, institutional website and institutional repository, and between the postprint and the published version:

  1. Check the copyright licence/contract that you signed with the publisher, or
  2. Check the quick summary of copyright policies of most frequent journal publishers in CentAUR, or
  3. Check the database RoMEO. It summarises and gives access to many journal publisher copyright policies

Postprint is the author's own final version, after refereeing and corrections, in the author's own typesetting e.g. Word. It should not contain publisher's logos or typesetting, or be in the publisher's template or proof. When an article is assembled via a template, the postprint as described above is not produced as part of the publication process; some authors maintain their own postprint for archiving in CentAUR.

Published version is the definitive version, produced by the publisher and usually available as a PDF, sometimes called the 'publisher's PDF'. It should not be a publisher's proof.

Embargo periods - full texts can be uploaded immediately and the embargo period set within CentAUR to comply with publishers' policies.

Obtaining permission to deposit an Output

If you have signed away copyright it is sometimes possible for the author to obtain a one off agreement from the publisher to deposit that item in a repository. However, this may require a fee to be paid to the publisher. For assistance, please contact centaur@reading.ac.uk

Retaining permission to deposit an Output

The University's Code of Practice on Intellectual Property requires staff that are the authors/creators of an output to retain a licence to archive the material and make it freely available online.

Many funders also require that you make sponsored project outputs freely available in a repository.

When signing your copyright transfer agreement with the publisher you are advised to consider retaining the right to deposit your final accepted version, if this is not already part of the agreement.

This can be achieved by suggesting amendments to the copyright agreement by attaching an addendum, or by offering an alternative licence. The repository staff can help with this, or further advice can be found in the following. For assistance, please contact centaur@reading.ac.uk

  • The SPARC Author Addendum provides a proforma for journal articles
  • Guidance on retaining copyright, including a sample licence to publish, and sample wording to add to copyright transfer agreements, can be found in the Copyright toolbox developed by the SURF Foundation and JISC

Last updated: 17th June 2011

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