When signing a copyright transfer agreement or an exclusive license agreement with a publisher, we suggest researchers retain basic rights that will enable you to:
SPARC author addendum to publication agreement - this addendum to your publication agreement could be used to secure your rights to your publications.
AUT leaves copyright in the hands of researchers except over course materials or in other, specific situations:
The following online resources provide good guidelines for copyright owners:
Self-archiving or Institutional repository
A copyright cleared version can be deposited to the AUT repository Tuwhera Research Outputs. The permitted versions vary but often it is the post-print version which is the author's final version after peer-reviewed. Library staff will check publishers' copyright and archiving policies for you.
Share full-text articles on online researcher networks, such as ResearchGate
Make sure you check the following before you post full-text articles onto researcher networks:
The following are useful articles and videos to help you manage your copyright:
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There are six different copyright licence options through Creative Commons - each of these allow different types of use of the specified work. To view these licences and to see what each allows, visit the CC website:
Some open access journals provide options of CC Licences to authors. If you are not sure about which CC licence to use for you article, you may talk to your liaison librarian or the Research Support Team Leader.