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.
Sherpa/Romeo is an online resource that aggregates publisher and journal open access policies from around the world. As of 2020, Sherpa/Romeo included policy information from over 4,250 publishers. Search journal titles or ISSNs in Sherpa/RoMEO.
The University of Maine Graduate School provides instructions for Graduate students to submit theses and dissertations to the Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD) collection in DigitalCommons@UMaine. As part of the online upload process, students will be required to read and complete a submission agreement that specifies the level of public access granted to the final work.
For more information, visit our Theses and Dissertations guide.
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.
Author's Rights, Tout de Suite by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
Journal article provides a quick introduction to the key aspects of author's rights.
Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum
A legal instrument to modify publishers' agreements and allow authors to retain key rights.