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Scholarly publishing

A guide to issues in scholarly communication, including publishing, institutional repositories, open access, copyright, and author rights.

Overview: Copyright for Authors

When publishing your work you will be subject to a different copyright standard than you would have experienced when submitting writing for academic credit.

If you plan to publish a work, you need to be aware of: 

  • any permissions you may need to seek. Is your research project bound by requirements of Research Funding Bodies, Publishers or ACU?
  • any agreements you have made when accessing data and information (3rd party materials)
  • co-authors and the creator rights they will hold

If you work has been accepted by a publisher, you may be asked to sign an agreement which may involve handing over your rights to the work to the publisher, so check the fine print before signing the agreement. Where possible, you can try to negotiate to have more control over your own work for other publications. ‚Äč

The SPARC addendum is a useful guide to help you monitor your rights to your published work.

The Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine will help you generate a PDF form that you can attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights.

If you require further information contact the University Copyright Officer, via email on

Resources for ACU Researchers

Copyright and ACU Research Bank

Publisher requirements

Most publishers have policies about which version of a journal article or conference paper they will allow to be deposited into an author’s institutional repository. To check what version a publisher will allow to be submitted, consult the Sherpa/RoMEO database

Most publishers do not permit any version of the full-text of books or book chapters to be hosted in the repository. There may be exceptions if the author has retained copyright of the work. Contact your Senior Librarian for assistance.

Research Funding requirements

Research funding bodies such as the NHMRC and the ARC require any publication arising from projects they have funded to be deposited into an open access institutional repository within 12 months of publication. Manuscript versions accepted by such mandates include both the post-print or the final published copy.  Authors are also encouraged to request that any contract they sign with a publisher includes a clause that grants them explicit permission to deposit a copy of their research output in ACU’s institutional repository (Research Bank).

Copyright Takedown Notice

If you believe that a copyright work is available in ACU Research Bank in such a way that constitutes a copyright infringement, or a breach of an agreed license or contract, please contact ACU Library Research Services.

Creative Commons

Creative commons have developed a series of licenses that cater for the various access and re-use wishes of copyright owners. Offering your work under a Creative Commons license does not mean giving up your copyright; it means permitting users ot make use of your material in various ways, but only under certain conditions.

There are six basic licenses that you can apply to your work, and they give users certain rights to use, share, attribute or distribute your work, depending on your wishes.

Creative Commons License Chooser Learn more about Creative Commons and decide which license is the best choice for your work.