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Open Access and copyright


Within traditional publishing the author often has to hand over copyright to the publisher. The publisher decides what articles can be used for, and how they can be used. Within Open Access it is a general principle that the author keeps copyright, and determines where the article should be published.

However, it is often possible to publish an article that is published in a traditional journal in an institutional repository, like UiS Brage. The publishers have different practices when it comes to the possibility of open publishing. If you need to know which policy a publisher has in relation to this, check the database Sherpa / Romeo.

Not all publishers are in this database. If you want to know which policy a certain publisher has, please contact the library. If you have any questions regarding this, you are welcome to contact the library and we will help you as best we can. Our contact on Open Access is Linda Johnsen. She can be contacted by e-mail or phone 51 83 11 14

Conditions for Open Access

Many publishers do not allow authors to publish their final version of the article. The legal option is then often to publish a post print, or author accepted, version of the article. This is the latest version of an article that was sent to the publisher before publication. It may therefore be advantageous for the author to keep this issue of the article, as it can often be useful if you want to publish on your own website or in an institutional repository. Usually, the content of the article will be the same in the post-print as in the publisher's edition. The biggest difference is often the article's layout and graphics.

PhD in UiS Brage

We especially want to publish dissertations from UiS in UiS Brage, because this is great research that otherwise often reaches a small audience. It may be useful for PhD students to have their thesis digitally available. It can among other things be used when trying to market yourself towards potential employers.

In many dissertations scientific articles constitute a central part. We emphasize that we never publish those without permission from everyone involved, such as publishers and any co-authors. We always check the publisher's guidelines, and ask co-authors for permission to publish their contributions. If any of these parties do not approve publication, we publish the thesis without the articles in question.