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If you are an author looking to deposit works and would like more information on CC licenses please review Considerations for licensors. Once you are ready to add a CC license to your work, you can choose your Creative Commons Licenses with this online tool. If you choose to not add a CC license to your work your content will default to the USF Non-Exclusive License Agreement listed below.


USF Non-Exclusive License Agreement.

Rights and Terms of Use for Material Posted in Scholar Commons

The contributor grants the USF Libraries a royalty-free and non-exclusive worldwide license to include their work and all associated content, abstracts, tables of contents, reference lists, additional files, and metadata within Scholar Commons. Works deposited in Scholar Commons are electronically stored and disseminated for educational purposes only; this license in no way allows the works to be used for commercial purposes. With the exclusion of this limited license, copyright or any intellectual property rights associated with deposited works remain with the contributor or copyright holder if that entity is separate from the contributor. If submission contains the input from others, the contributor represents that appropriate permission was gained from the copyright owner. If submission is based on or part of work supported by another entity, the contributor represents that she/he has fulfilled all obligations required by such contract or agreement. Contributors agree to share their work and waive any privacy rights granted by international, federal, state, or local law, policy, or regulation with respect to works within the deposit. No modification of this agreement can be made unless submitted in writing and signed by both parties.

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Publisher Policies

Many publishers will allow you to post a version (pre, post, or publisher) of your work in an institutional repository such as Scholar Commons. Where deposit of the full text is not possible due to copyright restrictions, a record can still be created to display the title, author(s), publisher citation, abstract, descriptive information, and a link to an alternative location, such as the publisher’s version. It may also be possible to work with your publisher to re-gain or request these rights.

Determining a journal publisher’s specific policy may be found by searching the following website:

Additionally, you may review the publishers’ website for their author archive policy. If you are unable to determine the archive policy or need assistance with contacting a publisher for deposit rights please contact us.

Retaining your rights

Articles on Copyright:

Association of Research Libraries- "Know Your Copy Rights"

Works deposited without your consent

If you believe that your copyrighted material has been deposited into Scholar Commons without consent please immediately contact us.

If still unable to locate the answer to your rights needs please contact the USF Copyright Librarian to receive personal assistance: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/Copyright.