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Getting published: Author rights

Author rights

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing a publisher agreement for a journal article.  Our Bodleian iSkills workshops iSkills: Fundamentals of Open Access and iSkills:  Foundations of Copyright for Researchers cover the key issues.


In order to understand your rights as an author it is important to understand copyright and how it works. The Bodleian Libraries have information about copyright and you can contact for further guidance.


When you publish your work it is important to select the right kind of reuse licence so that others know what they are allowed to do with it. For funded research, you should make sure that the licence you choose is compatible with your funder open access policy

Publishing agreements and Rights Retention

When your work is accepted for publication you will be presented with a publishing agreement. You should make sure you are aware of what you are signing and what this means for the use and reuse of your work.

The University is currently operating a pilot rights retention scheme which allows the author accepted manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings to be made available open access immediately under a Creative Commons licence. The University is looking to update its Open Access Publications Policy in Trinity Term 2024 to incorporate rights retention.

Useful links

Workshops & classes


Open Access Helpdesk

Research Data helpline

ORA Team

Symplectic Elements team