While open-access institutional repositories like Digital Commons@Georgia Southern and scholarly profile services like SelectedWorks Profiles have created new ways for researchers to increase their research impact, publication always involves the exercise of copyrights. Your copyrights are a valuable asset that should be protected throughout the publication process.
Traditionally, publishing your research required transferring all or most of your copyrights to a for-profit publisher, who then would license limited rights back to you. While Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) work well to protect the interests of the publisher, they do not always protect your interests as a researcher or author. The library offers a number of resources to help you learn about your copyrights, how to protect them with publishers, and how to maximize your opportunities to archive and share your work.
The Georgia Southern University Libraries make every effort to ensure that all works submitted to Digital Commons@Georgia Southern are archived and disseminated in accordance with United States copyright law, University policy, and the wishes of content creators. The Digital Commons Team does not have the authority to alter the content of any works published in the institutional repository.
If for any reason you believe that a work included in Digital Commons should be removed or modified, please contact the Digital Commons Team at (912) 478-4056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the Digital Commons Team will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours.