BootcampCopyright: Copyright and your journal article

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Copyright and your Journal article

As a basic principle, the copyright in any material created by an academic researcher employed by the University of Bristol will normally belong to the University (see General terms and conditions of employment for all staff). However, there can be mitigating factors which mean this is not the case e.g. terms of research funding or formal collaboration agreements with industrial partners.

If you feel confident that your research involves no such mitigating factors, the University permits academic staff to grant copyright permissions relating to their own research outputs and research data to 3rd parties, usually an academic publisher.

If you are unsure about your own copyright, would like to know more or would like some support, please contact

If you wish to commercially exploit intellectual property created in the course of your work please see Commercialising Research.

Sources of further information

Copyright User

Intellectual Property Office

Bristol University Library copyright guidance

Bristol University Secretary's Office copyright guidance