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Copyright, Licensing and GDPR: DMU Author Rights

Who owns the copyright for your article?

A new DMU Author Rights and Copyright guide provides advice on protecting your rights as an author of an academic publication, when dealing with publishers.

  • Publishers will normally ask you to sign a publication agreement to allow them to publish your article.
  • This agreement usually transfers your copyright to the publisher, meaning you are now restricted by the publisher as to how you re-use or distribute your article.  For example, you may not be able to upload the final version of your article into DORA or onto your own or any other webpage.

The guide suggests ways you can negotiate and amend the publication agreement, to keep more of the copyright.