A new copyright exception was introduced in 2014 which enabled UK researchers to copy a work in order to analyse it using text and data mining technologies.The exception applies where the analysis is for the purpose of non-commercial research.Whether you are a Ph D student writing your thesis or an academic publishing a scholarly paper, you need to know about copyright law.
The University’s Presentation of Theses policy requires that all PGR theses are made Open Access no longer than 12 months after submission unless an exception to the policy is required due to sponsorship or sensitive content.
The permissions request to the rights holder should include the rights to make the materials available through the University's institutional repository.
We also recommend checking the version of the work that publishers permit sharing, if they allow sharing via these platforms – it’s more likely to be the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) that can be shared, rather than the final publisher’s version.
The AAM is the version of the paper at the point of acceptance, following peer-review, but not yet formatted for publication.
When using this exception, you must already have lawful access to the particular copyright work; for example, where a subscription to a journal or database is required to access a work then this will still be necessary.
Creative Commons is an online resource containing over 800 million creative works, which are available for others to legally access and share.
However, you may be able to use extracts of works under fair dealing exceptions, if you have any doubts then contact us.
Possibly, though we usually advise caution, as the self-archiving policies of some publishers do not allow sharing of work on for-profit or commercial repositories, which both these websites are.
Please contact our Scholarly Communications service with the details of the paper/s you’d like to share and they will check the publisher’s self-archiving policies on your behalf.
Copyright is an important consideration when publishing your thesis.