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Biological Sciences Libraries Research Skills Series: Understanding copyright and your research

Understanding copyright and your research

Session resources

Creative Commons elements at a glance

Creative Commons Attribution icon  Attribution: must acknowledge the author of the work (always included in a license as standard)

Creative Commons No Derivatives icon No-derivatives: cannot change/remix the work

Creative Commons Non Commercial icon Non-commercial: only the original creator can make money

Creative Commons Share Alike icon ShareAlike: new creations must be shared under the same rules within which they were originally accessed/used

 Zero: this rare and exciting license means that you can do anything with a resource. No need to attribute

Build your own Creative Commons license using the dedicated license chooser tool or explore the elements in more detail on the Creative Commons website

Copyright rules and much more...

For an excellent summary of most of the information provided in our live copyright session, check out the dedicated Copyright for Researchers LibGuide.

Other useful links

Dedicated help pages for PhD students preparing to submit their thesis

Further information about Open Access from the Office of Scholarly Communication

Get help and advice from the University's Legal Services team 

When planning to publish in a journal, check out the Sherpa Romeo tool to see what a publisher's copyright policies are and if they match up with your needs. The Sherpa Juliet tool is another useful place to check your research funder's policies around Open Access and other requirements. 

Book a consultation 

Need to talk to someone about your research?

Email the Biological Sciences Libraries Team to set up a time that fits your needs: sbslibraries@lib.cam.ac.uk

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