Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017     Views: 98

When submitting research for publication, you might consider not signing away the copyright on your research. By retaining the copyright, you will negate many of the problems associated with archiving research in repositories. However, we fully appreciate that publication has to be your priority, and we understand that in some cases, retaining copyright might jeopardise publication. You might choose to talk to publishers whose policies you consider are particularly restrictive. You could also check your copyright agreements, and you are welcome to contact the publisher first before you come to us.

There are also newly emerging author right licences produced by JISC/SURF that allow you to negotiate your rights with your publisher.

The easiest way to avoid many of the problems associated with copyright and archiving in repositories is to keep an electronic copy of a Word version of your research, whether that happens to be the peer-reviewed, accepted version or an earlier version. Many, many publishers will allow these to be archived, so don’t just delete the file as soon as the article is published: send it into Symplectic, Manchester Metropolitan's Research Management System, for archiving in e-space. 

It's also important to be aware of copyright in any third party material used in your work, particularly with regard to images. If using third party material you need to check who owns the copyright and, if necessary, seek permission to reproduce from the copyright holder. More advice on the use of images