UPCommons as a tool for managing copyright

10 reasons to post on UPCommonsUPCommons, the open access portal to the knowledge of the UPC, is formed by the set of open institutional deposits of the UPC Its mission is to guarantee the preservation of the teaching and research output of the University's scientific and technical research, maximizing its visibility and, consequently, increasing its impact on teaching and research around the world.

This deposit allows the authors:

  • Guarantee the identification, dissemination and preservation of the deposited works
  • Granting a Creative Commons license to the works, preserving the ownership of copyright
  • Have an additional evidence of the authorship
  • Have a means of contact that allows communication with researchers, entrepreneurs or other potential users interested in the works
  • Learn about the visits and downloads made from each work from different countries

The deposit of the works in free access to UPCommons It offers the following advantages related to its identification, diffusion and conservation:

  • All production of the UPC is accessible through a unique portal (avoiding the dispersion of content for the various websites and / or intranets of the university).
  • The deposited work is described very accurately and, therefore, the correction is guaranteed bibliographic citations that can be done in the future.
  • In relation to these citations, it is also necessary to consider that all the documents deposited are uniquely identified, perpetual and normalized by means of a uniform name of resources (Handle or DOI), avoiding possible broken links associated with the document (the 'URN differs from the URL in that it identifies the object, not the place where it is located).
Preservation and conservation
  • The institutional repository meets all the technical requirements necessary to guarantee the preservation and preservation of documents, deposited on secure servers managed by Libraries, Publications and Archives Service (for example, migrating to new formats and / or platforms).
  • The interoperability of the documents deposited is guaranteed by means of a standardized description of them according to the international standard of metadata Dublin Core and the use of the protocol Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)
  • This language and protocol are those that allow the collection of descriptive metadata by other open access repositories and, therefore, the retrieval of documents from them (RECERCAT, RECOLECTA, OPENAIRE, ...). Obviously, this increases the visibility and impact of the work in research and teaching around the world.

When an author (and / or holder of rights) submits a document to UPCommons, authorize in a non-exclusive way its reproduction and public communication. Therefore, although it allows this communication to the network, it continues to be the exclusive owner of the exploitation rights, as detailed in the corresponding distribution license:

Distribution license

So that UPCommons To reproduce and publicly communicate your submission is necessary to agree with the following terms. Please read the following license terms:

By clicking on this license, you (the author or the copyright owner) guarantees the UPC The non-exclusive right to distribute your shipment worldwide in electronic format.

You also agree that the UPC You can keep more than one copy of this shipment for security and preservation purposes.

The duration of the transfer of rights will be indefinite and may be terminated by unilateral complaint of the author / assignor, by termination of both parts of mutual agreement or for failure to comply with any of the parts of the obligations contained therein.

Declare that the submission is an original work, and / or that has the right to grant the rights contained in this license. It also declares that its submission does not infringe upon the copyright of any person.

If the shipment contains materials that it does not have the copyright, it declares that it has obtained the permission without restriction of the owner of the copyright to grant to the UPC the rights required by this license and that the owner knows the text or content of the consignment.

If the submission is based on a work that has been sponsored or supported by an agency or organization other than the UPC, it is assumed that any right of revision or other obligations required by such contract or agreement has been met.

La UPC It will not make any alteration other than those permitted in this license upon submission.

    If the author (and / or holder of rights) wishes, he can optionally grant one of the licenses Creative Commons, which details the specific uses that users can make of their work, without having to ask for permission (without and when they do so under the conditions detailed in the license).

    • The works that are offered under these licenses can be reproduced, distributed and publicly communicated, although the author can also authorize other more permissive uses such as modification and / or commercialization of the same.
    • In any case, the original authors always have to cite and recognize themselves, as well as indicate clearly the conditions of the license in case the work is reused or disseminated.

    The authors have all the legal benefits contemplated in the Intellectual Property Law (LPI), regardless of whether their works are accessible in paper format or in digital format. Therefore, although this communication is made online, the author should not carry out any additional action to protect their own rights. In this way:

    • No one can use the work without authorization or in the cases provided for by law. That is to say, only because of the fact that it is indicated in the work that is the author, this already constitutes valid evidence.
    • In the event that a person has plagiarized a work or any other use not permitted by law, without the consent of the corresponding owner, the immediate cessation of the illegal activity (with possible compensation) and / or interposition Judicial claim, as detailed in the articles 138 / 143 of the LPI. In this case, any evidence Ownership can be useful.

    Taking these premises into account, the authors of the documents deposited in free access to UPCommons They have a tool to handle the following aspects related to their own copyright:

    • Keep in mind that the deposit of the works registers the date and time the files were deposited, which can be a proof of their authorship (Other registration and identification systems of the works are, for example, the Intellectual Property Registry or Safe Creative):

    • The operators ofUPCommons With which to find the documents deposited from different types of dates are: It allows you to search for documents created (by the author) in a specific year allows you to search for deposited documents (for the UPC) to UPCommons in a specific year It allows to search for documents, temporarily in closed access, for the year after which they can be consulted in free access (once their term of seizure has expired) It allows you to search for documents for the date from which your files could be viewed in free access (files originally in free access or that had a sealed time period - already exhausted - which prevented your inquiry for confidentiality reasons).
    • In the case of digital works, some can also be used plagiarism detection program with which to track partial or totally coincident documents broadcast on the Internet. Therefore, although digital documents can be copied more easily than those found on paper, it is also easier to detect automatically any unauthorized uses of them.

      The section "See usage statistics"of each community ofUPCommons, offers the visits and downloads made of the documents deposited therein:

      Head to

      Each one of the accesses to the page (or pages) of an item.


      Action to save or display on screen each one of the files of the works.

      Of each of the deposited works you can also get the total number of visits and downloads by activating the icon "See usage statistics"(on the left bank of the corresponding descriptive bibliographic record).

      These totals can be viewed in the countries from which visits and downloads were made, as well as for the years and months in which they were carried out.

      Usage statistics

      Last update: 12 / 05 / 2020