1. Know Your Rights as the Author
This information adapted from SPARC.
2. What if the Publisher Rejects the Author Addendum or Creative Commons License?
This information taken from SPARC.
3. Copyright and Submitting to the Repository
Adapted from the University of Connecticut's Copyright Guidelines.
Author With Copyright:
Any author publishing work in DigitalCommons@Fairfield must either be the copyright owner for the work or have the permission of the copyright holder to publish it in the Repository.
If the author retains copyright for their submission, no further efforts are required, and they may proceed to the submission process.
Author Without Copyright:
If the author does not maintain copyright, he/she still may be able to submit material to the repository. Many publishers will allow placement in an institutional repository of articles published in their journals or books as a form of "self archiving" in pre-print or post-print form. SHERPA-RoMEO provides information by publisher on what kind of self-archiving activity is allowed for articles in their journals, and one can search for a particular journal and its policies here. If after consulting these sources and/or the publisher, an author is unable to determine whether they retain the right to post their material in the repository, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Preserve Self Archiving Rights:
Remember, authors can always preserve basic self archiving rights when negotiating copyright issues in book and journal contracts. The DiMenna-Nyselius Library endorses the SPARC Author Addendum which contains language that allows for the posting of published documents in an institutional repository, and which can be attached to any publisher’s publication agreement. We encourage authors to use this form or otherwise protect their rights when submitting documents to a publisher.
Learn more from the experts
Author Pre-Print version - a pre-print is defined as the author copy PRIOR to any peer-review – [usually the initial submission for publication].
Author Post-Print version - a post print is defined as the author copy POST peer review but PRIOR to any publisher formatting, copyediting, pagination, etc.
Publisher PDF version - the publisher PDF is the actual article as it appeared in the publication. All peer-review, formatting, copyediting and pagination has been included.