Using copyright material in your thesis

As a postgraduate researcher writing your thesis you may need or want to use third-party material for which you do not own the copyright. This can become a problem when you upload your thesis to the Research Repository – without permission to use the material, we will not be able to make your thesis visible and it can result in your award being delayed.

The Library Research Support team have written a guide to using copyright material in your thesis, covering different types of copyright material, what you need to do to get permission, what the alternatives are, and what your options are if permission is denied. View and download it on the Research Repository help pages.

And don’t forget – you can always contact us with questions.


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Copyright infringement on ResearchGate

Many researchers are aware of ResearchGate, a social networking site for researchers. ResearchGate allows researchers to chat, ask and answer questions, and upload full text versions of their work.

Shockingly, a recent study has found that a huge proportion of the papers uploaded to the site infringe copyright. In a random sample of 500 English language articles, 108 were open access (published in an open access journal or had an article processing charge paid to make the published version of the article open access). Of the remaining 392 articles 51.3% infringed copyright and were non-compliant with publisher policy.

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