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Institutional Repository Services

Copyright & Repositories

Copyright-related IconsWhile 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.

  • For a glossary of publishing terms, see this page.
  • For an overview of author rights as they relate to self-archiving, see this page.
  • For guidance on evaluating CTAs, see the library's Copyright Transfer Agreement Checklist.
  • For guidance on licensing your work for archiving and distribution in Digital Commons@Georgia Southern or your SelectedWorks profile, see this page.
  • For an overview of reuse licensing considerations for research data, see this page.


For help, contact the Digital Commons Team at (912) 478-4056 or A member of the Digital Commons Team will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours.