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Our University has updated its Publications Policy, embracing Rights Retention

02 Mar 2023

Our updated Publications Policy is part of our commitment to more open and reproducible research

Our University has worked collectively with other institutions in the N8 Research Partnership, to develop a new N8 Rights Retention Statement which was launched at an event held at the John Rylands Library in January. 

Under this consortium-wide agreement, each university is updating their publication policy to support authors to retain more intellectual property rights in their research articles. 

With the launch of our University's new policy on 1 March, authors will retain the right to make a copy of their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) immediately Open Access through our institutional repository (Pure) under a CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution License) irrespective of embargo periods stipulated by publishers. 

This will not only mean that authors’ articles are immediately available for all to access, thus extending the potential reach and impact of the research, but it will also make it easier for authors to adhere to the Open Access policies set out by funders. 

The N8 Rights Retention Statement is the latest in a growing trend of universities taking steps to support their researchers in retaining the rights in the research that they create. 

Authors don’t need to take any additional action to benefit from the revised policy. Manchester authors can simply continue to submit articles via the Open Access Gateway or publish articles Gold OA. The majority of articles will still be made Open Access either through one of our various Transformative Agreements or through the payment of Gold OA Article Processing Charges for eligible papers, however our updated Publications Policy will mean that those papers which are not eligible for paid Open Access can now be made Open Access via the Green OA route immediately and will not be subject to publisher embargoes.