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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2020    

To deposit contents to Research Repository, you must hold the copyright (either solely or jointly), or have the permission of the copyright holder(s) for the content that you submit. The author/creator/copyright holder(s) retains full copyright of the content deposited to Research Repository, but would only grant XJTLU with administration, preservation, and non-exclusive distribution rights for education and non-commercial purpose.

It is important to note that authors often transfer copyright to the publisher at the time of publication. But many publishers, under certain conditions, would accept and allow one or some versions (i.e., submitted version, accepted version, publisher’s version) of the published paper to be archived in open access repositories like Research Repository.

To deposit in Research Repository, you should be prepared to confirm that any existing agreements related to the deposited works, such as agreements previously completed with journal publishers, are not in conflict with preservation and dissemination of the deposited works through Research Repository. But if you are not sure, the Librarians will check the copyright restrictions of your work in SHERPA/RoMEO (a database of publishers' policies on copyright and self-archiving).  You can also contact for more information and assistance.