Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2021     Views: 7

Archiving your publication to ResearchDirect (Western’s Institutional Repository) or personal web page will assist in Google Scholar indexing your publication. 

Scholarly works and retaining your rights. 

Rights retention in scholarly works ensures:

1. Your scholarly work is more visible and discoverable, leveraging existing investment via the institutional repositories (ResearchDirect)

2. Authors or universities retain the right to make scholarly works open access and authors can benefit from a potential citation advantage

3. Increased compliance with institutional open access policies

4. Improved researcher compliance with funder open access policies

5. Clearer communication of reuse rights via consistent licensing

Source: CAUL Intellectual property rights retention in scholarly works at Australian universities report, 2020.

If you retain copyright

If you retain copyright to the work, which licensed has been applied?

If a  Creative Commons licence, you will be able to submit it to ResearchDirect which is a collection of the Western’s research outputs and can include an open access copyright compliant version of your research article in ResearchDirect (subject to publisher policies).

Note:  If you share the copyright with other authors, check with them to make sure they also approve of the work being archived and made available via to ResearchDirect (Western’s Institutional Repository

If you do not retain copyright

If you don’t retain copyright but have transferred your rights to your publisher, you may still be able to deposit a version of your publication into ResearchDirect. 

Firstly, check your publisher's copyright policy to determine what can be submitted to ResearchDirect (Western’s Institutional Repository

Which version of a work can be openly accessible? 

Often the Submitted Version or Accepted Version of a publication is permitted to be open and uploaded into an institutional repository.

As a researcher, it is important to understand the rights/permissions you have as an author.

The Submitted version is the pre-print of the manuscript, paper before peer review. This is the author's version of the article that was sent to a journal for consideration.

The Accepted version is the post-print of the manuscript, paper after peer-review. This is the author's version of an article that has been amended in order to reflect any revisions in the publication process.

 The Published version: the final version as it appears in the publication and usually authors usually assign their copyright to publishers when they negotiate contracts

Note:  SHERPA/RoMEO database provides a guide to publisher’s copyright policies and the deposit of journal articles on the web and in OA repositories

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