Article or chapter copyright

This will depend on the wording of the publisher’s copyright transfer agreement and whether or not you decide to sign it.  It is usual for a publisher to request that the copyright of any material, whether it is a book chapter, book or journal article, to be transferred to them.  This process is usually formalised by agreeing to the publisher’s  copyright transfer agreement, which is given to the author prior to publication.  If you are an established author you may be able to negotiate the terms of this agreement to receive better rights.

Usually publishers will give you the rights to:

  • archive the final author version of your book chapter (or article etc) in a repository.   Since 1st September 2011 and the roll-out of LUPIN, Loughborough University requires that staff submit a copy of all academic journal articles, conference papers and book chapters to the Research Repository.
  • To disseminate individual copies to colleagues.
  • Use the work in teaching duties or course packs

As an author of a book chapter you will still be able to:-

  • Draw on or refer to material in your book chapter when you are preparing other articles for publication in scholarly and professional journals and papers or for meetings as long as you credit the work and publisher.

Other considerations:-

  • Before signing the copyright transfer agreement, you must ensure that you obtain permission to use any third party copyright material (images, diagrams) not owned by yourself.
  • Assert your moral right to be identified as the author of the work.  For example, ‘Megan Smith has asserted her rights under the Copyright, Design and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as the author of this work’.

For more information please contact the University Copyright Advisors:


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Updated by C. Greasley,  5 September 2019

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