Answered By: ic
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2021     Views: 5

A third party (e.g. publisher) might give you permission to include copyright work in your thesis for examination, but this is not the same as permission to make the published material available, via your thesis, in ResearchDirect.

If you have included material with third party copyright, you must either:

  • obtain permission to include that material, ensuring that:
    • publications included in the thesis complies with your publisher copyright agreement. If your thesis includes published articles, the accepted manuscript of these articles can usually be included in the ResearchDirect copy. In this case, you should also provide a link to the publisher’s version of record.
    • informed consent has been obtained for the use of research participants’ photographs (e.g. patients), and particularly for the use of images of Indigenous Australians.
    • the identity of participants in the research is adequately protected.


  • omit it from the ResearchDirect version of your thesis, ensuring that:
    • a notation has been included where material has been removed and, if possible, a link to an online location for the published material.

For information on copyright, what constitutes as third party copyright, copyright in creative works, and dealing with the copyright of others, visit University Copyright.