As the author of your thesis, it is your responsibility to seek clearance or permission if your thesis contains material subject to copyright.
To help you manage this process, please refer to UniSA's Thesis Toolkit, which includes the following information:
The Australian Copyright Act contains provisions which allow you to use limited amounts of copyright material for a limited number of prescribed purposes, without the permission of copyright owners.
These provisions are referred to as the Fair Dealing provisions. You will be relying on these provisions when researching and writing your thesis:
In relation to your thesis, the Fair Dealing provisions for Research or Study and Criticism or Review apply only to the writing and submitting of your thesis for examination, not to the subsequent publication of your thesis through UniSA's Research Outputs Repository.
Is it necessary to obtain copyright permission to reproduce a figure from a published article in my thesis, or is it sufficient that I just cite the article?
Do I need to seek permission to reproduce an image in the version of my thesis which I submit to the University’s online research repository?
Can I reproduce photographs I have found on the web in a report I have written, provided that I reference the photographer and source of the photos?
When I submit my thesis for inclusion in the UniSA Research Outputs Repository, can I include articles which I have previously had published? Will I be charged a fee for doing this?
How many changes to something do I need to make to avoid infringing copyright?
If I adapt a diagram, will I own copyright in the adapted diagram?
Do I always have to acknowledge material I have copied?
Do I have to attribute an image that I have changed significantly to the point it may not be recognisable?
Who is responsible (the author or the University) for ensuring all necessary clearances have been obtained to make my research publicly available through the University's online research repository?
Is there someone in the University I can contact for assistance with obtaining permission to reproduce a figure in my thesis?
If I assign my copyright to the publisher, isn't that at odds with the University's Open Access policy?
Is there a limit on the number of words I can include in a quote without the need to seek permission?
Still have a question? Visit the UniSA Copyright website, or contact Ask the Library.
To reproduce anything more than a short quote or extract, you will generally require permission from the copyright owner. This is usually the creator or publisher of the work.
Most publishers will require you to obtain permission to reproduce copyright works (e.g. diagrams, charts, photographs, images, journal articles or book chapters) in your thesis.
This table is a list of initial contacts for assistance with seeking permission:
If the work you wish to reproduce has been published by one of the major publishers (e.g. Elsevier, Wiley, Springer), you will generally be directed to seek permission through the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).
This is a relatively quick and simple process, usually resolved in minutes. Many publishers will permit you to include copies of your own work in your thesis gratis.
To seek permission via the CCC:
As part of the process, you may be asked to set up an account. This is also a relatively quick and simple process.
When submitting you thesis, ensure you include a copy of the licence agreement and acknowledge the work.
The MIT Libraries' Thesis content and article publishing page has a useful list of journal publisher policies, including: