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Determining if you can deposit your work into Niner Commons
Before you publish
In order to deposit your work in Niner Commons, you need to retain your right to deposit your work in an institutional repository. As the author of a work, you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer the copyright to someone else in a signed agreement—you decide which rights you want to keep, and which you want to give away.
It may be useful to consult an author addendum, such as the author addendum from SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. An author addendum can be appended to your publisher's agreement, and helps you retain key rights to your work.
You can also alter your author agreement by crossing out clauses you don’t like, and suggesting alternatives that better meet your needs. Some rights you may want to ask for are the rights to:
use your work in your classes
post your work on your own website
archive your work in an institutional repository
post earlier versions of your work (e.g. pre-peer review)
After you publish
If you’ve already published your work and you want to determine if you can deposit your work in Niner Commons, there are a few resources to help you:
For journal articles, consult your author contract. If you do not have that on hand, you can refer to Sherpa Romeo to see the journal’s archiving policy or check with your editor.
For book chapters, you can consult your author contract, check with your editor, or reach out to the publisher to check their policies for book chapters.
For conference proceedings, consult your author’s agreement. If you did not have to sign an author’s agreement, check the conference website or search for the related journal in Sherpa Romeo and review their policies related to archiving and sharing materials from the conference.
For presentation slides used at conferences or teaching, presentation slides often contain third-party images that may have copyright concerns. Consider finding free, openly-licensed, or public domain images, or creating your own. You can also seek permission to use copyrighted images from the rights holder.
See our Niner Commons Copyright Guide for more information on how to evaluate the rights situation for your work:
The library’s Copyright & Licensing Librarian, Kate Dickson (email@example.com), is available for consultations to help with evaluating and negotiating your author agreements, as well as determining if your work can be deposited in Niner Commons.