All content made available via ORA should comply with relevant rights. Every effort has been made to ensure that content does not infringe rightsholders' rights. The below information aims to support authors in understanding their rights and obtaining permission to make content available in the repository.
The Bodleian Libraries provides some information to end users about the legitimate use and re-use of items held in ORA. However, the Bodleian Libraries and the University of Oxford is not responsible for any improper use made of the items by other parties.
Staff at Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) endeavour to comply with copyright permissions for all content of the archive. If they are made aware of the possibility of infringement of copyright for any item in ORA, the item will be removed from the archive as soon as possible whilst the complaint is investigated.
ORA staff may offer advice and assistance checking and clearing copyright held by third parties but the responsibility for making an item available via ORA lies with the depositor. This is covered in more detail within the licence agreed to upon deposit to the archive.
Yes. You can deposit your work to ORA for archival purposes without infringing in copyright. The majority of stipulations within copyright come with how the work can be made available via the repository interface.
then making the content availabel in ORA is relatively straightforward.
Copyright permissions includes content within the item where copyright is held by a third party eg photographs or extracts. Limited amounts of such content might be permitted under 'fair dealing' or another exception. Somefurther information on copyright exceptions can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exceptions-to-copyright.
NOTE: Most journal publishers permit deposit of a full-text version of the article in ORA. There is a helpful website of publisher policies at https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/.
Books and book sections usually have to be considered on a case by case basis though a growing number of publisher's are making information available regarding self-archiving policies. In most cases a conversation with the editor is enough to understand what is allowed within the publishing agreement.
If you have chosen to publish your work with a publisher via their paid Open Access method, commonly referred to as 'Gold Open Access', the choice of Creative Commons License you attribute to your work along with the publisher's Open Access policy will determine how your work can be disseminated in ORA. Usually when selecting the Gold Open Access option the final published PDF of full-text can be used for institutional deposit in ORA.
When submitting an article for publication it is likely you will be presented with a CTA or licence to publish.
Some of the 'traps' or 'pitfalls' within these agreements are discussed in the paper "Help! I'm and author - get me out of here"
If you are not able to disseminate the item in ORA because of copyright you may well be able to deposit a copy to be held under embargo for preservation purposes and to which access is restricted. There can be a link to the publisher's version (if applicable) on the freely available item record. You will benefit from the additional publicity of your work via the item record.