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Copyright Information

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection granted by law for "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression," both published and unpublished ( While you do not have to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, you will have to do so if you wish to file a lawsuit against another party for infringement.

Copyright and Scholarly Publishing

Copyright Transfer Agreement: a legal document granting full or partial rights from the owner to another party, such as a publisher.

After your article is accepted, you will be asked to sign a document frequently called an Authorship Agreement or a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA). Read this document very carefully and make sure you fully understand it before signing; you may be giving up the right to re-use your own scholarship. Contact Melissa Jadlos if you would like assistance interpreting the agreement:

Copyright Addendum Generator: Use can also use this copyright addendum generator to assist you in retaining certain rights when you publish an article, which was created by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is an initiative to support the open and available dissemination of research and created works through licenses rather than copyright protection.  There are various types of licenses available, and Creative Commos is there to make the sharing and innovation of research and culture easier and more possible than the current state of copyright allows.  As a creator and a user, visit the link below to learn more. 

Scientist meets Publisher