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How to legally re-use your own figures

Published/Released on November 05, 2016 | Posted by Admin on December 5, 2016 / , , , ,

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This tip is a great and easy way to avoid a common publication ethics difficulty for research outputs that include figures

When working on the figures for a recent paper I realised that I was using schemes of the animal I work with that come from a copyright-protected book. I decided that I will get rid of those schemes and instead produce my own. However, there was still a potential copyright issue: depending on where the paper would be published, the rights for the figures might well end up with the journal rather than with me. The solution that allows you and others to re-use your own figures is to publish everything on a platform such as figshare under a creative commons license before you publish it in a paper, and then cite yourself on figshare in your paper. That’s what I did!


Hänzi, Sara; Straka, Hans (2016): Xenopus laevis: overview over late tadpole stages. figshare.
Retrieved: 00 13, Dec 04, 2016 (GMT)

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