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Deposit your scholarly research

In order to place your work(s) in the IUScholarWorks Repository and make them openly available on the web, you must agree to the IUScholarWorks Repository limited, non-exclusive license, which:

  • confirms that you own the copyright to the items
  • grants Indiana University permission to distribute the items worldwide and to take the necessary steps to preserve them.
IUScholarWorks Repository- Copyright and Licensing FAQ

How do I know I know if I own the copyright?

a. Ownership of works created at IU

In general, authors (faculty, students, staff,) at IU own the rights to their traditional works of scholarship unless they have given those rights in writing to another party or have produced the work under a grant that required some other distribution of rights. According to the Indiana University Policy on Intellectual Property:

"Under this policy, the primary division of intellectual property is between patentable and copyrighted works. Generally speaking, ownership of patentable work is vested in the University. Copyrighted works are subdivided into Traditional Works of Scholarship, ownership of which remains with the creator of the work, and University Works, as to which the University retains ownership.

Examples of Traditional Works of Scholarship include scholarly publications, journal articles, research bulletins, monographs, books, play scripts, theatrical productions, poems, works of music and art, instructional materials, and non-patentable software."

b. Transfer of ownership

When you publish an article, book, or other work of scholarship, you may have signed a copyright transfer agreement with the publisher in order to have the item published. Exclusive transfers of copyright must be in writing, so if you did not sign anything (or click on a copyright agreement) upon submission, then you have not transferred your copyright to another party and may deposit your item in the repository. If you did sign an agreement, you need to refer to this document to determine whether you can deposit your work in the repository as you may no longer own the copyright to your work. Some copyright transfer agreements, even if in writing, are not exclusive transfers, but you will need to refer to the document to be sure. If you did not retain a copy of your agreement, you can search the Sherpa/Romeo database to determine the publisher's policy regarding depositing into a repository. Many publishers do allow deposit, although not the published PDF version.

What rights do I give to Indiana University when I submit my materials to the Repository?

The IUScholarWorks License is a non-exclusive one with all original rights reserved by the copyright holder. Under this agreement between you and Indiana University, you retain all rights you had to these items before they were deposited, such as making copies available on other web sites or publishing them in the same form or in a revised form, without obtaining permission from Indiana University.

By signing the license, you give permission to Indiana University Libraries to make your work publicly available and for the libraries to take steps, without changing the content, to translate the submission to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation. Please read the full license carefully, and contact us with any questions.

What rights do readers of IUScholarWorks Repository documents have?

By default, materials deposited into the Repository are open access, which means anyone on the web can access and read them. Also by default, all stored materials are protected by copyright so the usual restrictions apply about re-distributing, making derivatives, etc.

As an alternative to reserving all rights, authors may consider licensing their works with aCreative Commons License. Using this license will allow authors to preserve those rights that are most important to them (e.g., proper attribution,) and at the same time explicitly grant to readers certain other rights chosen by the author to be used at the readers discretion (e.g., copy, distribute, display, or perform the work.) Documents in the Repository that are licensed under a Creative Commons licenses will display the license conditions.