Copyright and Open Access

For a comprehensive guide to issues relating to copyright see the University’s Copyright Guide.

For specific details see - Publishing your work.

Publishing contract/agreement

If you are going to publish with a commercial publisher, whether it be for a book, chapter, journal article or conference paper you should read your publishing contract carefully as you may be signing away more than you think.

It is important that you do not sign your rights away, especially limiting your ability of make your work available on open access.

For more indepth information on this see section 7.5 of Pappalardo, K. (2008). Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors.

If your publishing contract does not stipulate or consider open access archiving of your work you can ask to have an addendum added to your agreement. See the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Author Addendum form (PDF).

For more information on benefits open access please see the open access section below.

Open access

The essential principle of the Open Access (OA) movement is that knowledge derived from public funding should be freely accessible online, for public use.

The University of Sydney seeks to support Open Access to scholarly literature produced by researchers of the University. It recognizes that the widest communication of research outputs will maximize the usage and outcomes of this work. For more information see the Open Access web site.

There are numerous benefits to be gained from making your research available on open access even after you have published with a commercial publisher.

The easiest way to do this is to contact your publisher. However if this is not possible please see Working out publisher permissions (PDF).

If you have published something or want to have your work available on open access there are a number of ways to achieve this through:

  • Self archiving in an institutional repository
  • Self archiving in a subject based repository
  • Publishing in Open Access Journals

Funding compliance

Significant in the argument for OA is public access to tax-payer funded research.

Increasingly, funding bodies are placing OA conditions on research grants. You may, as a condition of funding from these agencies, be required to submit a copy of your article in your institutions (or subject based) Repository.

If this is the case please contact the for assistance in archiving your research in the Sydney eScholarship Repository.