REIS SEMINAR SERIES 1013-1: Introducing Rights Retention – the new Swansea University Research Publications Policy

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This event is part of the REIS Seminar Programme series


Alexander Roberts
Caroline Rauter

Speaker's Biography

Alexander Roberts is the University Research Data Manager coordinating policies and systems to support Open Access Publishing.

Caroline Rauter is the University Scholarly Publications Officer providing resources and services to support researchers and postgraduates throughout the research cycle.
Support for disseminating and preserving research includes:
• Open Access (OA) publisher agreement administration, UKRI and Faculty OA financial support payments
• Research Publications Policy (rights retention) support
• Mediated e-theses deposit service management
• Promoting researcher engagement with open access and scholarly communication including OA monographs, copyright and licensing etc.
• RIS (Research Information System) and institutional repository (Cronfa) support
• REF and funder Open Access compliance monitoring and reporting
• UKRI OA Block Grant financial management, monitoring and reporting

From: 2 Nov 2023, 2 p.m.
To: 2 Nov 2023, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom link will be sent before event. Please register via ABW searching course code 1013, Online Event - Please see description

A short introduction to this landmark policy effective from 1st July 2023.
What is rights retention?
Rights retention ensures researchers retain their original rights to work published in a journal, conference article or book chapter. The new policy ensures that authors have control over the dissemination of their work.
Using rights retention automatically permits the University to disseminate scholarly Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) with a Creative Commons CC BY Licence in the repository. This is permitted from the date of first online publication and no publisher embargo is required.
In cases where exceptional circumstances warrant a temporary embargo or restricted access, Swansea University will provide flexibility to researchers who are permitted to opt-out.

You can find out more about the policy via the website which includes FAQs and a quick workflow diagram.

Learning Outcomes:

• The legalities of rights retention and the simple steps to using the policy will be explained.
• The benefits of rights retention for the author and the institution for funded and ‘unfunded’ research outputs.
• Selecting the appropriate route to achieve open access using self-archiving (green) or paying the publisher a fee (gold).
• How the requirements of rights retention intersect with working with collaborating authors.
• There will be opportunities to ask questions.

Contact: Alexander Roberts (Email:

Event created by: t.m.chambers