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Creative Commons licences allow creative works under copyright to be shared and re-used.
Creators retain copyright and can choose how their work is copied, distributed and re-used and creators must be credited for their work if re-use occurs.
There are six different licences with varying restrictions on use – some allow commercial use, whilst others restrict to non-commercial use.
As the author of a work, you hold the copyright unless or until you transfer your copyright to someone else in a signed agreement.
Copyright owners have a number of exclusive rights, including:
A publisher requires only your permission to publish your paper, not the wholesale transfer of your rights as author.
Therefore, before you sign, scrutinise your Agreement and consider:
Before you publish, it is important that you consider carefully the advantages and disadvantages of the different publishing models which might be available to you. These include but are are not limited to:
At UniSA it is mandatory that you deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Research Outputs Repository, in accordance with Clause 21 of Academic Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research. Here your thesis will be made available under an open access publishing model for readers to download, print, and save electronically for their own personal and non-commercial use with copyright remaining with you, the author. The regulations also allow you to restrict access to your thesis for 2 years with the approval of the Research Degrees Committee. Exposing your research to the world under this model has a number of advantages including:
Traditional academic publishers
Traditional commercial book and journal publishers will often only publish material which has not been made available to the public, known as the 'the right of first publication'. If you publish journals articles during the course of writing your thesis and you want to include these in your thesis, you will need to seek agreement from the publisher to do this. If you want to publish your thesis after completion with a reputable publisher, you need to consider the potential implications of signing over your copyright or providing the publisher with an exclusive licence to publish.
You may wish to make your thesis available on your own webpage or that of your employer. This is self publishing, where you are responsible for editing, designing, marketing and distributing your own work. This is in addition to depositing a copy in the Research Outputs Repository.