Copyright: Getting and giving permission to make your work available in Opus

When making full text copies of your work available in the University of Bath Opus it is essential that you:

  1. know what rights you have to make your work freely available online - getting permission from the copyright holder if necessary, and
  2. give us permission to include your work in Opus.

Getting Permission

Depending on your agreement with your publisher and co-authors, you may need to ask them for permission to add a version of your publication in Opus. Read our 'Copyright and scholarly publications in a nutshell' guide for more information.

If you do need to request permission to add your publication to Opus, you can use or adapt these template request letters:

Giving Permission

University of Bath authors can use Pure to add research outputs to Opus. When you do this, you are asked to agree to the our Deposit Licence.

If you would like Opus staff to add a publication for you, please use our upload webform to send us a copy of the publication for Opus. By using the webform, you agree to our Deposit Licence.

If you send us publications any other way, for example, as e-mail attachments, we need written or email confirmation of your agreement to our Deposit Licence.

Thesis authors: we cannot include your thesis in Opus without your explicit permission. Please hand in a completed Higher Degree Thesis Final Submission After Examination form (HD3) with your thesis. By agreeing to the declarations on this form, you give us permission to make your thesis publicly available from Opus. Step-by-step instructions on how to upload your electronic thesis can be found on page 2 of the HD3 form. For more guidance on University of Bath thesis requirements, see the Specification for Higher Degree Theses and Portfolios document and the Library's webpage on theses.