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Copyright clearance

Individuals can only submit items to KORA for which they own the copyright, or have permission from the copyright-holder to do so.

Do you own the copyright in your work?

Yes, if the item is entirely your own work, unless you have transferred your rights to another party, such as a journal publisher.

If your work includes third-party material, you will need to have written permission from that third-party to post the item in KORA.

Has this work has been previously published?

Standard journal and book publishing contracts often require authors to transfer their copyright to the publisher. That means that there may be restrictions placed on what you are able to do with your work.

Most publishers will permit you to upload either a pre-print (prior to peer-review) or post-print (after peer-review) version of a journal article to an institutional repository or to your personal web page. Only a few permit you to upload the publisher's final typeset version. Most book publishers will not grant such permission. Policies vary by publisher.

Before you submit a previously-published item to KORA, you will need to determine:

  • If your publisher allows depositing in a repository?
  • Are there specific conditions?
  • In which format can you submit (pre-print; postprint; publisher PDF?)

 The following are ways to answer these questions:

  • Review a copy of your Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) from your publisher to determine what rights you may have relinquished and/or kept
  • Search SHERPA/RoMEO for your publishers’s policy on depositing into an institutional repository like KORA; it lists publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies for pre-prints and post-prints.
  • If your research was funded by a grant, search SHERPA/JULIET to find out if the funding agency requires you to make your work publication(s) and/or data publicly available by self-archiving or through an institutional repository like KORA
  • Contact the publisher directly by email or by online form from the publisher website to determine its copyright policies and/or request permission
  • Contact the KORA Team at who will help with these questions

Copyright FAQs