Rights Retention at King’s
King's College London is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning, and understanding in the service of society. To ensure that researchers can continue to share their work, King’s has instituted a Rights Retention Strategy via a revised Research Publications Policy effective 1 March 2023. Rights Retention aims to ensure that authors can deposit their paper where they see fit. With Rights Retention authors can disseminate their work as widely as possible while also meeting funder and any future REF requirements.
How Rights Retention works
Traditionally, publishers require that authors sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement. The only way to access the article after publication is to pay for it. Rights Retention is based on the simple principle that authors and institutions should retain some rights to their publications.
As part of our new policy, King’s College London asserts a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to deposit the work under a CC BY licence. This allows authors to post the AAM in King’s institutional repository with no embargo, share it among colleagues, and use it in their own teaching.
Main benefits of Rights Retention
- Ensures authors can legally and compliantly disseminate their work
- A simple solution to solve the complexity of publishing while meeting funder and REF requirements
- In alignment with King’s 2029 Strategy
What researchers need to do
- Add a Rights Retention statement to the ‘acknowledgements’ section of the manuscript as well as the publisher cover letter (if applicable):
King's RRS Statement:
‘For the purposes of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Accepted Author Manuscript version arising from this submission.’
- Deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript in Pure with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence following acceptance.
When does the RRS apply?
- All submitted articles – King’s researchers should include the Rights Retention statement on all manuscripts submitted to a journal (if you are unsure the publication is a journal, check for an ISSN number)
- Even when submitting to a fully Open Access (OA) journal, it is good practice to include the Rights Retention statement.
- All researchers – This policy applies to all of King’s researchers which includes those where publication is an expectation of employment.
Translation of Rights Retention Statement | The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh has helpfully provided a translation of the RRS statement in the following languages: Spanish, French, Greek, German, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Chinese, Italian, and Welsh.
Plan S Rights Retention Strategy
Created by Coalition-S, the documents detail the benefits of RRS and how it works.