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Copyright for publication

Copyright in your work

When publishing your own work you should consider under what terms you make it available for others to use and re-use.

The contract you sign with the publishers of your work will, in most cases, include some transfer of copyright. If copyright is assigned to the publishers, you may no longer be able to reproduce your own work without permission from the publishers.

Publishers' contracts will ask for the signature of the copyright owner. You should sign the contract on behalf of the University. If you have co-authors from other institutions, you should ask their permission to sign on their behalf.

Advice on copyright agreements is available from the JISC/SURF Copyright Toolbox.

You could also consider publishing in an open-access journal, such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Usage of third-party content

When publishing your work, consider the copyright of any third-party content you include.