Regulations Concerning Copyright of Thesis Work Attached to Funded Research
It is a common practice in the School for graduate students to
complete research projects that are part of externally funded research
programs that may span several years.
- Students are expected to contribute in a reasonable manner to data
collection and data analysis as part of their research training.
- They are expected to write up the results of particular parts of such on-going studies as their thesis projects.
Students may or may not receive payment from the
Supervisor's research but is a common practice in the School for
graduate students to complete research projects that are part of
externally funded research programs that may span several years.
Students are expected to contribute in a reasonable manner to data
collection and data analysis as part of their research training. They
are expected to write up the results of particular parts of such
on-going studies as their thesis projects. Students may or may not
receive payment from the supervisor's research funding for data
collection or analysis work.
Copyright of the thesis
write-up implies that the thesis, including data collected by other
researchers, becomes the exclusive property of the student, but, while
the thesis itself is written by the student, under the supervision of a
faculty member, it may include data collected by other researchers
funded by external granting agencies. If the project is not promptly
submitted for publication, then valuable research funded by outside
agencies will not appear in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This
presents a significant problem since such publication is expected by
granting agencies. Failure to publish experimental results will
certainly result in reluctance of such granting agencies to fund future
The following are regulations governing
copyright and publication of thesis projects conducted as part of larger
externally funded research studies:
- The thesis
write-up itself (i.e. the student's scholarly contribution) is the
property of the student and should not be published or utilized without
his or her permission.
- Data from funded research
projects, whether in analyzed or raw form, remains under the control of
the principal investigator/graduate supervisor.
copy of the raw and/or individual data from funded research projects
must be given to the supervisor by the student on completion of the work
and prior to the thesis defense.
- If a student
analyzes data from a funded research project as the basis for his or her
thesis work, then the student has both the opportunity and obligation
to submit this work for publication under the supervision of his or her
graduate supervisor. If a reasonable first draft of the paper is
completed by the student, then the student should be first author of the
- If the student fails to write up and submit
a draft of the thesis work for publication within a reasonable time
frame (9 months), then the principal investigator/graduate supervisor is
free to do so. In such cases, the student should receive appropriate
authorship credit in direct relation to his or her contribution to
authorship of the publication.
- Assignment of
authorship on all research papers from the School should reflect the
relative contributions of those involved in scholarly tasks including
the study design, scientific analysis and interpretation of results,
writing and editing of the manuscript. This does not include paid
technical work related to data collection or statistical analysis of
data. Also, students are expected to be involved in data collection
procedures as part of their practical graduate training. When a
legitimate training/internship component exists, the student will not
necessarily receive payment or authorship credit for this type of work.
- In the event of disagreement between the student and the principal
investigator/graduate supervisor on authorship issues, appeals should be
first directed to the School’s Graduate Coordinator.