Signing away one's copyright can infringe on the potential impact one's work will have. It is important for researchers and scholars to value their intellectual property rights and protect the future distribution and impact potential of their work. Part of being a respected researcher today is one’s ability to respect and protect one’s own work; to know that it has scholarly value; and to understand the potential scope of its scholarly impact.
RoMEO is a searchable, collaborative database of publishers’ general policies regarding the copyright permissions of over 22,000 peer-reviewed journals and serials in regard to self-archiving in Open Access repositories. Search journal titles in Sherpa/RoMEO.
Graduate student work enters DigitalCommons@UMaine via one of two avenues.
Keep Your Copyrights
Columbia Law School website informing U.S. authors and creators why to retain copyrights.
Copyright Basics (pdf format)
United States Copyright Office Circular 1 providing an overview of U.S. Copyright law.
Designed to assist with copyright clearance of content across all media.
SPARC Author Addendum
A legal instrument to modify publishers' agreements and allow authors to retain key rights.
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