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Open Access: Copyright

The copyright belongs to the author

According to current copyright laws in Finland, the copyright belongs to the author. This is the case even if the author worked for an institution, such as a university, when the article was written; and no other agreement was made. If the work, e.g. an article or publication, has several authors, the copyright belongs to all of them.

The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) has published recommendations on the authorship. TENK recommends that the principal investigator or the head of the research group starts a discussion with the co-authors on the principles of authorship as early as the research planning stage, in good time before submitting the manuscript for publication.

It is not in the best interest of the author to give up his/her copyrights

The author can give up his copyrights. However, this is not advisable at the time of publishing the article. The publisher can offer the author an agreement which transfers all the rights to the publisher. Signing this kind of a contract should be avoided. Researchers are advised to retain the right to self-archive their articles in the institutional repository  of their organization.

Self-archiving a parallel copy of an article in the institutional repository of the University does not affect the author's copyrights. The copyrights are not transferred to the institutional repository but remain with the author.

Sharing the publications in social media networks

Copyright applies also to sharing the original publications via social media networks (for example ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley). The researcher must take care of the copyright issues when sharing the publications through these forums. In most cases the copyright of the publisher or the academic journal can be checked in SHERPA/RoMEO or on the publishers' website. The use of persistent researcher or article identifiers, persistent availability or the harvesting of the data is not guaranteed in networking sites

"How Can I share it?" is an online service where you can find information on which version of the publication you can share e.g. in social media.

How can I share service.

Creative Commons

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With the Creative Commons copyright licenses you can share your copyright and make your work open for users. Using a Creative Commons licence does not mean you have to give up your rights, but that you give other people the right to use your work according to the conditions you have stipulated

Use the same license for all materials of your research in order to provide a better open process for the life-span of all your research.

Further information about copyright

Self-archiving and sharing policies

Information about publisher's copyright and self-archiving policy can be found on SHERPA/RoMEO website.

From the table below you can click your way to publisher’s website to find more information on the publisher´s Open Access alternatives, copyrights, self-archiving and sharing policies.                           

American Chemical Society (ACS) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
American Institute of Physics (AIP) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
American Pscyhological Association (APA) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Brill Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Cambridge University Press Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
De Gruyter Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Edward Elgar Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Elsevier Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Emerald Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Inderscience Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
IOP (Institute of Physics) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
John Benjamins Publishing Company Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Johns Hopkins University Press Copyright Open Access Self-archiving  
Karger Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Optical Society of America (OSA) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Oxford Univeristy Press Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Palgrave/MacMillan (journals) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Palgrave/MacMillan (books) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Peter Lang Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Policy Press Univeristy of Bristol Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Routledge Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Sage Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Sage books Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Springer Copyright Open Access

Self-archiving

Sharing
Taylor & Francis Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Thieme Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Wiley Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing
Wolters Kluwer Copyright Open Access Self-archiving Sharing