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Copyright policies

Intellectual property of works, which comes into being when they are created, rests with their authors. Authors depositing their works in Padua@research retain their copyright in compliance with the law.

Self-archiving enables authors to make their research work available in an open-access national archive.

In short:

  • Authors may self-archive their works without any problems and without any third-party autorisation in the following cases:
    • If the work they are depositing is a preprint, i.e., an unpublished work, one that hasn't yet been submitted to any journal;
    • If they haven't signed any contract of assignment or transfer of copyright with any publisher or similar figure;
    • If the publisher accepts self-archiving. As of today, more than 84% of publishers allow self-archiving. Check the SHERPA database on Publisher copyright policies and self-archiving;
  • If the authors have already signed (or are due to sign) an assignment or transfer of copyright contract with a publisher, do the following before self-archiving:
    • For already signed contracts that prohibit self-archiving, authors should ask the publisher to modify the contract to enable self-archiving by adding this clause template: "I hereby delegate (to the publisher or journal) the authority to sell or cede the text (in print or electronic form) of my paper [title of the paper]. I shall only preserve the right to publish it for free for scientific or teaching purposes, as well as the right to self-archive it publicly online"
    • For new contracts, the author shall add a clause approving self-archiving (contract template: DRAFT Leicester University's Licence granting first commercial publication rights
  • If the publisher prohibits self-archiving, the author can deposit the preprint in the archive anyway, and, separately, archive a corrigenda file associated with the preprint;
  • If the publisher explicitly prohibits also preprint self-archiving, the author may deposit it anyway applying restrictions to its access.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) which has been promoting easier access to and sharing of scholarship, provides an Author Rights Brochure, as well as an Author Addendum:

Jisc - Surf Foundation Licences:

Check out the RoMEO European Project documents:

See also the Open Access document by Cornell University Keeping your copyright for content producers

Antonella De Robbio "Accesso Aperto e copyright: il copyright scientifico nelle produzioni intellettuali di ricerca"

Antonella De Robbio“La gestione dei diritti lungo le vie dell’accesso aperto: prospettive a dieci anni di distanza"