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TUS Research@THEA: Licensing/Copyright



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. 

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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:

  • Store, display and publish the work deposited on open access to the WWW for non-commercial purposes only and subject to the Creative Commons License.
  • Preserve the work to ensure its availability regardless of technology changes.
  • Provide metadata of the work to public access catalogues.
  • To remove the work from the repository at any time.
  • Not be under any legal requirement to take legal action on behalf of the rights holder for any breach of copyright in the work.
  • Share usage statistics detailing the number of downloads, views or other relevant statistics.
  • Not be liable for any loss or damage to the work while it is stored in the repository.

Right and Responsibilities of the Depositor:

  • The depositor declares that he/she is the legal copyright owner of the work and declares that the work is original and does not in anyway infringe the Copyright of any third party.
  • Where the work has been funded, the owner has permission to deposit the work in the Research@THEA repository for public access via the World Wide Web.
  • The work must not contain any extra security settings.
  • It is the final corrected version of a thesis or the un-copyrighted version of an article, book, or book chapter.


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

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


Colour-Coded Summary of permissions given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.