Rights Retention Strategy

Many funders have adopted a ‘rights retention’ approach to support open access. This aims to ensure researchers retain sufficient reuse rights to meet open access requirements. Any researcher can follow this approach regardless of specific funding, as this is a balanced and transparent approach to retaining reuse rights.

Main aims:

  • maximises benefits to researchers
  • increases the utility of accepted manuscripts
  • simplifies options and avoids complex 'policy stack'

What do researchers need to do?

1. Add a rights retention statement to the ‘acknowledgements’ section of the manuscript as well as the cover letter (if applicable):

‘For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Accepted Author Manuscript version arising'

2. Deposit the accepted manuscript in Pure following acceptance. Provided the rights retention statement is present the Open Access team will ensure a Creative Commons (CC BY) licence is applied and the manuscript will be released on publication with zero embargo.

Funders with rights retention strategies

What does this apply to?

  • All articles. Each funder may have slightly different criteria regarding what research is ‘in scope’, however rights retention is broadly designed to support open access to journal and conference articles.
  • All manuscripts. If your research is funded by one of the above funders, it is recommended to add the rights retention statement to all manuscript submissions, even if the article will eventually be open access via the publisher.
  • Any researcher. This approach supports the University’s preference for immediate ‘Green’ open access via Pure, therefore ensuring the benefits of open access are shared equitably.