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Publications

UNU-WIDER has been successful in its efforts to make its published research open access and freely available via the institute’s website. Free access to UNU-WIDER research is now established for the WIDER Working Papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles and journal special issues in accordance with the institute’s agreement with its core donor group. Selected more recent books published by Oxford University Press in the WIDER Studies in Development Economics series are available on open access on a trial basis.

Copyright

Copyright of any work performed by any individual engaged under a consultant contract or institutional contractual agreement is vested in the United Nations University/UNU-WIDER, unless otherwise formally agreed in writing between the parties. Holding copyright on its commissioned research allows UNU-WIDER to effectively negotiate with publishers and journal editors for the best possible publication outlet for a set of studies.

If UNU-WIDER holds no future publication plans for a commissioned study copyright can be transferred to the author(s); as per publishing protocol any later publication should carry due acknowledgement of UNU-WIDER as the original commissioning institute.

Note: UNU-WIDER only commissions original research which has not been published elsewhere. To help ensure the quality and originality of research, all submitted studies are run through the iThenticate software prior to publication.

Journals and books

Alongside a significant number of mostly multi-author edited books, in recent years UNU-WIDER has vastly increased publishing its research in high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journals.

WIDER Working Papers Series

On 1 January 2010, UNU-WIDER introduced the WIDER Working Papers Series, which are working papers posted online aimed to stimulate discussion and critical comment. The working papers are registered with an individual ISBN to enable citation and library referencing. Freely available for downloading, WIDER Working Papers remain the core dissemination channel for the institute’s research. The scale and coverage of the working paper series reflects its productivity and the size of its global network, and has consistently over the years provided an effective means for developing country researchers and others to put their work in front of a global audience.

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Letters of Agreement

Selected non-contracted and non-remunerated (co-)authors of research studies are requested to transfer copyright of their research to UNU-WIDER through a Letter of Agreement. UNU-WIDER must give prior permission before co-authors are added to a commissioned study, and they will be expected to submit a Letter of Agreement by agreeing to the following text:

Single author

I, ………..,  author of the paper entitled ……….. hereby agree that UNU‐WIDER may publish and distribute the paper freely, with UNU‐WIDER copyright. This copyright transfer covers publishing in the UNU‐WIDER Working Paper series as well as any subsequent UNU‐WIDER publication, such as in a journal or a book. Publication of the paper arranged by the author will carry an acknowledgement of UNU‐WIDER at all times, and will require beforehand written agreement from UNU‐WIDER.

I, …………, confirm that I am the copyright holder of the above-mentioned paper and am in a position to sign over the copyright to UNU-WIDER.

In addition, we require the following information for institutional purposes and internal statistical information only (Please refer to Privacy Statement)

  • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • Degree
  • Gender
  • Country of residence
  • Affiliation
Author/Co-author

I, ……….., confirm that I am a co‐author with ……….. of the paper entitled ……….. and hereby agree that UNU‐WIDER may publish and distribute the paper freely, with UNU‐WIDER copyright. This copyright transfer covers publishing in the UNU‐WIDER Working Paper series as well as any subsequent UNU‐WIDER publication, such as in a journal or a book. Publication of the paper arranged by the author(s) will carry an acknowledgement of UNU‐WIDER at all times, and will require beforehand written agreement from UNU‐WIDER.

I, …………, confirm that I am one of the copyright holders of the above-mentioned paper and am in a position to sign over my share of the copyright to UNU-WIDER.

We require the following information for institutional purposes and internal statistical information only:

  • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • Degree
  • Gender
  • Country of residence
  • Affiliation