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Workshops and Classes: Open Access: Authors, copyright and open access - making it work for you

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Open Access: Authors, copyright and open access - making it work for you

Researchers are often unsure about open access copyright permissions for their journal article, preprint or thesis.  What open access rights do you retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article? Are you permitted to self-archive in your institutional repository? Which Creative Commons licence should you select for your preprint? Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work. This introduction deciphers the jargon and explains the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions. It covers:

  • open access copyright and licensing for authors of journal articles, preprints, theses
  • initial ownership of copyright
  • Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) and other journal publishing licences
  • Creative Commons (CC) licences
  • funder policies on licences and retaining copyright, with particular reference to the cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy (RRS)
  • posting to repositories, preprint servers, academic platforms
  • sharing and re-using work legally
  • where to get help.

This session can only provide guidance and does not constitute legal advice.

Intended Audience:  Current Oxford postgraduate research students, researchers and academics, research support staff and librarians

Dates and booking

Next date TBA > Booking closed

Notice of recording

Each live online training session will be recorded for accessibility and inclusivity reasons, and will be shared with all attendees after the session. It may also be put onto Canvas (Oxford University’s virtual learning environment) to enable other Oxford University members with SSO to view it.

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Presenters: Sarah Barkla and Rachel Scanlon

Format:  Online workshop with some interactivity and Q&A

What you will need:  You will need to provide your own computer ideally with the Microsoft Teams desktop app installed, otherwise with a browser (must be Chrome or Edge).  Please read our guidance notes below on using Teams.  You will need a speaker and microphone for listening and speaking. You need to be online with a reliable internet connection.

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Presenters:  Sarah Barkla, Rachel Scanlon

Format: Workshop with some interactivity, and Q&A

What you will need? Nothing required

Find out more
Go to to find out more about Open Access publishing at Oxford.
Go to our LibGuide pages for Researchers to find out more about Open Access and Research Data Management.

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