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The Flinders Academic Commons - Questions of Copyright

Open Access (OA) digital environments like the Flinders Academic Commons are effective because they enable research to be quickly disseminated to a world-wide readership. This Open Access model is, however, a relatively new one that brings with it a number of challenges, including how to manage copyright in a fair and balanced way.


To add content to the FAC, you must own the copyright to the material you are submitting, or you must have permission to submit work for which you do not own the copyright.


Copyright is not transferred to the FAC, to the Library, or to any other body or organisation if your research is stored in the archive. If you held the copyright before you submitted your work to the FAC, you will still hold the copyright once it is archived. You should, however, be willing and able to grant the Flinders University Library the limited, non-exclusive license to preserve and distribute the work in DSpace. Please see the contributor's license for more information.





The FHRC has assembled several discipline-specific lists of 'copyright approved' publishers based on the 1500 items already stored in the FAC. This list is a work in progress; please contact us if you have obtained permission to archive works in a journal that does not appear on these lists.


Click on any of the following links to view the 'copyright approved' list for that discipline:


Aboriginal Studies


Cultural Studies

Drama and Screen Studies



Language and Linguistics

Legal Studies






Please note: These copyright lists are not provided as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. If you are unsure about the copyright status of your work, please contact the journal or publisher directly for archiving approval. Feel free to contact the FHRC if you've got any questions.


Most publishers' copyright information can be found online. Consult the journal or publisher's website or visit a copyright search engine like SHERPA/RoMEO to verify copyright permissions.




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