All material in the Research@THEA repository will be licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs CCBY-NC-ND by default. Authors or collection administrators may apply other Creative Commons Licences as appropriate to collections or individual submissions.
The rights and responsibilities of Research@THEA and depositors of content into it; are set out in the form of a deposit agreement, which spells out the following for both parties:
Right and Responsibilities of the Research@THEA Repository
The Depositor agrees to grant the Research@THEA Repository the right to:
Right and Responsibilities of the Depositor:
Self-Archiving is the act of (the author's) depositing a free copy of an electronic document online in order to provide open access to it. The term usually refers to the self-archiving of peer-reviewed research journal and conference articles, as well as theses and book chapters, deposited in the author's own institutional repository or open archive for the purpose of maximizing its accessibility, usage and citation impact.
Depending on the terms in the publishing contract, self-archiving may or may not be permitted; authors are often not aware that they may have signed an agreement prohibiting immediate self-archiving of their published work. Some authors agreements permit certain forms of self-archiving, but not others: for example, they may permit a pre-peer reviewed copy to be made available, but prohibit distribution of the final, publishers PDF. Sometimes they impose an embargo period, that is: the work can be archived by the author in an open access system, but only after a period of time has elapsed. The most common embargo periods are 6 months and 12 months, but there is some variation by publishers. Check How Legal Ways to Self Archive http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/258705/1/resolution.htm#Harnad/Oppenheim
How to Check for Copyright of Published Articles:
Most journals/publishers usually set out the conditions under which their published material can be re-published on open access in Institutional repositories like Research@THEA. Authors can check the publisher's copyright and self-archiving policies using the Sherpa and Romeo website http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/
Colour-Coded Summary of permissions given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.