Open access and copyright

Information on copyright, licensing and open access when publishing may be found at Deakin University Copyright Guidelines and Requirements. A document providing advice on steps that may be taken to protect an author's scholarly rights, including the ability to deposit in an Open Access repository such as DRO, and a sample Author’s addendum is also linked within this page. Deposit in a repository such as DRO exercises one of the copyright owner’s rights, hence we need permission of authors to store and disseminate material in addition to the publisher’s permission where the publisher owns the copyright but returns this right to deposit in a repository to the author.

Permission to deposit in DRO is given when the author signs the DRO deposit agreement. As the DRO licence only requires a non exclusive right, authors retain the same rights over their material after depositing in DRO as they did before. The licence covers all material deposited from the date it is signed until it is revoked by the author.

Finding publisher's permissions

Despite usually still requiring transfer of copyright, most publishers now allow authors some form of self archiving. British-based, the Sherpa/RoMEO database provides information about self archiving policies by publisher or journal titles. Colour-coded green or blue publishers allow a final, post-peer reviewed version to be archived.

The Australian-based, Oaklist database provides similar information for many smaller Australian publishers and titles, and unsuccessful title searches can be routed directly through to Sherpa/RoMEO.

Library staff check publisher's permissions and/or copyright transfer agreements before allowing material to be accessed openly. The University Copyright Officer or Solicitor is consulted where required.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.