Copyrights and License


UTHM Publisher requires publishing rights from authors to publish and distribute research articles, which are determined by a publishing agreement between the author and UTHM Publisher. For articles published open access, the authors grant exclusive rights in their article to UTHM Publisher with a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 end user license. This page provides a summary of authors' rights when publishing with UTHM Publisher, while more detailed information is available in the publishing agreement [1]. UTHM Publisher is dedicated to protecting authors' works and reputations and takes allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethical disputes, and fraud seriously.

Author Rights

The below table explains the rights that authors have when they publish with UTHM Publisher. These apply to the corresponding author and all co-authors.

Author rights in UTHM Publisher’s journals

  • Retain patent and trademark rights.
  • Retain the right to use their research data freely without any restriction.
  • Receive proper attribution and credit for their published work.
  • Re-use their material in new works without permission or payment (with full acknowledgment of the original article):
    • Extend an article to book length.
    • Include an article in a subsequent compilation of their work.
    • Re-use portions, excerpts, and their figures or tables in other works.
  • Use and share their works for scholarly purposes (with full acknowledgment of the original article):
    • In their classroom teaching. Electronic and physical distribution of copies is permitted.
    • If an author is speaking at a conference, they can present the article and distribute copies to the attendees.
    • Distribute the article, including by email, to their students and to research colleagues who they know for their personal use.
    • Share and publicize the article via Share Links, which offers 50 days of free access for anyone, without signup or registration.
    • Include in a thesis or dissertation (provided this is not published commercially).
    • Share copies of their article privately as part of an invitation-only work group on commercial sites with which the publisher has a hosting agreement.
  • Publicly share the preprint on any website or repository at any time.
  • Publicly share the accepted manuscript on non-commercial sites.
  • Publicly share the final published article.
  • Retain copyright.

Institution Rights

Should the author choose to publish with UTHM Publisher, their institution has the right to use articles for classroom teaching and internal training. Articles can be used for these purposes throughout the author’s institution, not just by the author:

Institution rights in UTHM Publisher’s journals (providing full acknowledgment of the original article is given);

  • Copies can be distributed electronically as well as in physical form for classroom teaching and internal training purposes.
  • Material can be included in coursework and courseware programs for use within the institution.
  • Articles can be included in applications for grant funding.
  • Theses and dissertations which contain embedded final published articles as part of the formal submission can be posted publicly by the awarding institution with DOI links back to the formal publication.

Open Access Licenses

Our goal is to support the dissemination of knowledge through the use of open-access licenses.

Once a Creative Commons user license is chosen, it cannot be revoked. Authors should verify if their funding body mandates a particular license. For further information, please refer to the Creative Commons website. The user license employed by the UTHM Publisher summary is shown in the next table.

User license
Read, print, and download
Redistribute or republish the article (e.g. display it in a repository)
Translate the article
Download for text and data mining purposes
Reuse portions or extracts from the article in other works
Sell or re-use for commercial purposes


Digital Archive

UTHM Publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and to ensuring accessibility by converting and upgrading digital file formats to comply with new technology standards. We work in partnership with organizations as well as maintaining our digital archive.

  • Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM)

Based on the Library Materials Delivery Act of 1986 by the National Library of Malaysia, UTHM Publisher is obligated to the act and required to provide one copy of their publication in digital form for archiving purposes.[2]

  • In-House Data Archive

UTHM Publisher has created an in-house data archive for secure storage and management of digital data collections for future use. The data includes various types of documents, such as journals, proceedings, and others. UTHM manages this data using approved software to ensure the security and accessibility of data copies. The purpose of the in-house data archive is to provide a centralized, secure, and easily accessible repository of important data, while also reducing the risks of data loss, corruption, or theft.

Open Access Licenses

Open Access is by licensing the content with a Creative Commons (CC) license

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Publisher Office

Articles published under an Publisher Office user license are protected by copyright. Users may access, download, copy, translate, text and data mine the articles for non-commercial purposes provided that users:

  • Cite the article using an appropriate bibliographic citation (i.e. author(s), journal, article title, volume, issue, page numbers, DOI and the link to the definitive published version)
  • Maintain the integrity of the article
  • Retain copyright notices and links to these terms and conditions so it is clear to other users what can and cannot be done with the article
  • Ensure that, for any content in the article that is identified as belonging to a third party, any re-use complies with the copyright policies of that third party
  • Any translations, for which a prior translation agreement with Publisher Office has not been established, must prominently display the statement: "This is an unofficial translation of an article that appeared in an Publisher Office publication. Publisher Office has not endorsed this translation."

For permission to use documents beyond permitted here, visit our website : 

This is a non commercial license where the use of published articles for commercial purposes is prohibited. Commercial purposes include: 

  • Copying or downloading articles, or linking to such postings, for further redistribution, sale or licensing, for a fee 
  • Copying, downloading or posting by a site or service that incorporates advertising with such content
  • The inclusion or incorporation of article content in other works or services (other than normal quotations with an appropriate citation) that is then available for sale or licensing, for a fee
  • Use of articles or article content (other than normal quotations with appropriate citation) by for-profit organizations for promotional purposes, whether for a fee or otherwise.

Use for the purposes of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, license, loan, transfer or other form of commercial exploitation.