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Author options and copyright

Traditional commercial scholarly publication requires that you hand over your copyright to the publishing company. This usually means that you are unable to: share copies of your work with your students or colleagues, have a full text copy available via USQ ePrints, a website, or share it via social media.


Copyright License choice, created by Joshua Gajownik for, CC BY-SA 2.0

There are a number of options for authors who wish to retain some of their copyright, or who wish to publish outside of the traditional commercial publishing model.

Your options include:

  • University presses
  • Scientific societies
  • Digital publishing initiatives
  • Government projects
  • Researcher-friendly commercial publishers
  • Not-for-profit
  • Library consortia

These options are described in more detail at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

SPARC advises researchers to know their rights as an author and to scrutinise the publication agreement (often called the “copyright transfer agreement”) before you sign it.

More information on your rights as an author can be found here
USQ Library provide advice on managing your copyright and provide a link of useful resources for authors on copyright here.