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Copyright advice and information

Repository staff will check the copyright agreements relating to all publications deposited before these are made publicly available. If copyright agreements do not permit deposit, publications will not be made available in the repository.

The majority of publishers will permit authors to deposit some form of their publications in repositories. Signing a Copyright Transfer Agreement does not necessarily mean that an author does not have the right to deposit a paper in a repository. However, authors should read carefully any copyright transfer agreements they are asked to sign. Some publishers may offer the option to sign a License to Publish rather than a Copyright Transfer Agreement. This may permit the author to retain rights not offered if the CTA is signed. If a publisher’s agreement does not refer to the right to deposit articles in repositories (which may also be referred to as ‘eprint servers’) it may be possible to amend the agreement to explicitly refer to this.

Note that most publishers only permit authors to deposit their author final version of publications and not the publisher pdf version.

In some cases, depending on the copyright agreement that has been signed with a publisher, and the publisher's policy on repositories it will not be possible to make the full text of publications available in the repository.

Authors may find the SHERPA-RoMEO list on ‘Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving’ (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php) useful in establishing what permissions are granted by publishers. The list can be searched by journal title. However, note that this list is not currently fully comprehensive. If in doubt it is best to contact your publisher directly and seek advice.

Repository Service staff can provide advice on copyright issues. For further advice contact the Enlighten Team, e-mail deposit@lib.gla.ac.uk, tel. 3852.