The library uses the SHERPA/RoMEO website to determine if a publisher's copyright policy allows for archiving both the preprint and the postprint, archiving the postprint (draft after peer review), archiving the preprint, or no archiving is allowed.
Content placed in the Digital Commons does not have to be open access. Works can still be deposited while the full text remains “dark” or embargoed.
If permission is limited to providing citation and abstract content this metadata will be posted. When the content is available in a licensed database in the IC Library's collection, a link will be added that requires Netpass credentials for full-text access.
For related information, see "Authors' Rights" below, as well as the Library's Open Access Guide which includes information about Open Access journal models.
Copyright law gives the creator of copyrighted works exclusive rights to
reproduce the work in copies (e.g., as photocopies or online),
distribute copies of the work;
prepare translations and other derivative works,
perform or display the work publicly;
authorize others to exercise any of these rights.
Scholarly journals typically ask authors to sign a publication agreement or a copyright transfer agreement. These documents transfer ownership of copyright to the publisher and determine the uses an author will be able to make of his/her work in the future.
Note: If an author transfers ownership of the copyright, he or she can still retain the right to do certain things such as include articles in course packs, or place articles on a personal web site or in the Digital Commons.
Most open access journals allow authors to retain copyright or provide some ability to share the content. If the author retains ownership of the copyright, he or she can grant a non-exclusive license to the publisher, typically for the right of first formal publication.
Science Commons has created a Scholars Addendum Engine that generates a PDF example of what an author can attach to a publication agreement. The SPARC Author Addendumis a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows an author to keep key rights to articles.