Copyright & Intellectual Property
EXHIBIT and Copyright:
EXHIBIT does not assert any copyright or ownership of intellectual property for materials submitted to the repository. Any and all copyrights in the submission remain with the author or other copyright holder. When submitting materials, contributors must approve a license agreement which grants Xavier University the non-exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the submission in electronic format.
Unless otherwise agreed upon, EXHIBIT makes submissions available using a Creative Commons “Attribution/ Non-Commercial/ No derivative works” license, which means that deposited works cannot be used commercially or changed in any way, and any authorized use must be properly attributed. Submissions will be accompanied by a copyright statement indicating the author’s continuing rights. Materials posted in EXHIBIT have the same copyright protections as those printed on paper – open-access only changes the method of distribution, not the author’s rights.
For more information on Creative Commons licenses, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
EXHIBIT and Xavier University Library are committed to helping authors navigate copyright and intellectual property issues in the research and publication process. In addition to the information and resources found here on the library’s webpage, our librarians are available to consult with authors in need of further assistance. Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your copyright questions and concerns.
Your rights as an author:
Many publishers require authors to sign over copyright as part of the standard publishing agreement. Since publishing in top journals is a major component of tenure and promotion, authors may accept such agreements without argument, resulting in the relinquishment of ownership of copyright for their own intellectual property. There are two main alternatives to this situation:
- Modifying the Copyright Terms of Your Publication Contract
Many publishers will consent to changes in the standard author agreement to allow for some retention of copyright and/or deposit of work in an academic repository such as EXHIBIT The Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine and the SPARC Author Addendum are tools that can be used to modify your agreement with the publisher in such a way that you are able to retain key rights to your work.
- Open-Access Publishing
Alternatively, consider open-access journals where all articles are freely available online. Publishing in an open-access context allows you to retain all copyright over your research and make your work available to the widest possible audience. For more information about open access see the FAQ section.