Library - Publishing


Are you planning to publish a work yourself? Then try to establish clear terms with your publisher and ensure that you remain the sole copyright holder.

Doesn't your publisher have any clear contracts? Or is it not clear which rights you might transfer? Then use one of the many standard contracts, which you can use to replace the publisher's contract, or to check whether the rights that are important to you are actually included in the publisher's contract.

If you need help with this, please contact the CIP.

Other interesting sources of information might be:

  • Creative Commons licences allow you to retain your copyright but at the same you give others the opportunity to use your work, in a way you determine yourself. 
  • SHERPA/ RoMEO presents an overview of the copyright policy of a large number of publishers.
  • SHERPA/JULIET presents an overview of organizations that fund Open Access publications.

Publishing & BUas employees

Please note: employees of Breda University of Applied Sciences who create a publication or another product (just think of films, photos, text files, etc.) within the framework of their job or during work hours are not the copyright holders of these products. Breda University of Applied Sciences is the copyright holder of these works, so employees are not free to offer their publications to a publisher or other organisation.

In other words, employees are not permitted to make decisions about the reproduction or republication of their works. Only Breda University of Applied Sciences is permitted to make decisions of this sort, possibly in consultation with the creator.

The position of Breda University of Applied Sciences regarding copyrights is based upon the Collective employment agreement for the Higher Professional education sector. New editions of the collective employment agreement are published in English and in Dutch on the website of Vereniging Hogescholen.

For more information, please go to the webpage: Breda University of Applied Sciences & Copyright


When you are working on 1 publication with several authors, all these authors will be the copyright holders of this publication. That is why it is important to establish whether the co-authored publication as a whole is divisible or indivisible.

Surf foundation has framed an explanation of what that means: 
"You don’t need consent from your co-author(s) if:

  • Your contribution is part of a joint publication, the individual parts of which belong together and have been made consistent with each other, but are still divisible.
  • The contributions of the individual authors can still be distinguished as individual.

If the publication involves joint indivisible co-authorship in which the individual contributions can no longer be distinguished from each other, you will always need permission from all authors if you want to do something with the publication".
(source: Surf, in Dutch)