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Israel Scholar Works Copyright Information
Israel Scholar Works (ISW) is a digital archive for creative
work by the faculty and staff of Israel Academic Institutions and Jewish
scholars all around the world. This page explains copyright issues associated
with your ISW contribution. Also see how
to get ready for submission and what information every contributor
should have in place before submitting his/her publication to the Israel
Scholar Works archive
Copyright and Publication
What kinds of materials are appropriate for Israel Scholar
Works? At present, examples of appropriate content include Masters and
Ph.D. thesis; original research articles previously published in peer-reviewed
journals (if the publisher permits, see below), and book chapters.
Who owns copyright to an item deposited in ScholarWorks?
Authors retain copyright for all items in israel Scholar
Works (unless these rights belong to an original publisher). Contributors
confirm Disclaimers' agreement that signifies that they own the copyright
and/or have the right to deposit the item and that they grant to Israel
Scholar a license to disseminate the item through ISW archive and to migrate
the item (i.e., copy it) for preservation purposes.
May I deposit copies of published articles?
Yes, but your copyright transfer form must allow you to
do so, or the publisher must grant permission:
For works that you have already published:
Check the copyright transfer form that you signed when
the article was accepted. If you transferred “exclusive” or “all” rights
to the publisher you may need to request the publisher’s permission before
posting it in ScholarWorks.
Check the SHERPA/RoMEO listing for your publisher at this
link. RoMEO outlines the copyright and repository policies for over
90 publishers and 7,000 scholarly journals. Note that there may be special
instructions or restrictions that limit your posting to the refereed manuscript
or require a specific kind of citation.
How to Verify Your Copyright?
If the work has been published previously, check your
copyright transfer form to be sure you have the right to post it elsewhere.
Check current policies of your journal/publisher, because new regulations
may override the terms you accepted in the past and presently allow archiving.
If it is a work of multiple authorship, you may need to
ascertain that the other authors also approve archiving at Israel Scholar
For a searchable database of publisher policies about
copyright and archiving, see Project
SHERPA. Also see the Eprints journal-level
supplement to SHERPA's data on publishers.
How to safeguard your copyright in future publications?
Please remember that you can fight for your copyright
rights when publishing your next article in a traditional journal, requiring
a copyright transfer. Elsevier, for example, will publish your works despite
your failure to return to the publisher signed copyright transfer form.
Remember: There are ways to help protect your creative
works rights even when you sign the copyright form. For example, use the
SPARC Author Addendum to secure your publication rights
You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership
that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement
limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author.
Why? According to the traditional publication agreement,
all rights —including copyright — go to the journal. You probably want
to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give
copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely
want to place it on your Web page or in an online archive if you had the
choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill
your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement.
If you sign on the publisher’s dotted line, is there any way to retain
these critical rights?
Yes. The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that
modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to
your articles. It is available at the ARL
Modifications of SPARC Author Addendum were developed
by several other Institutions. The list includes MIT
copyright amendment form ; Science
Commons Scholar's Copyright project ; OhioLINK
Author Addendum (see pp. 7-8 of this .PDF file) ; University
of North Carolina (.PDF).
Understand Israel Scholar Major Archiving Term
At present many for-profit and learned societies' scientific
publishers allow self archiving and Institutional archiving of scholar
works. See specific language of the self-archiving policy by Elsevier
magazine by AAAS. The latter source further says, that in order "to
qualify as a personal web site the site must be devoted to the author's
research and owned by the author (or if the author's employer is a non-profit
institution, owned by that institution)."
To meet such requirement by publishers aythors will have
to agree (upon submission to ISW of theirr works published previously)
with "personal website" definition of the Israel Scholar Works postscript
web folder, the publication unit in Israel Scholar Works.
As a part of submission, authors will also have to grant
to Israel Scholar, the right to disseminate their article postscript, provided
that the integrity of the article is guaranteed, that the original publisher
is duly identified, and that proper attribution of authorship and correct
complete citation details are endorsed on the postscript publication.
Send us an email: works[at]israelscholar.org . Also consult
Manuscript help page for detailed submission and copyright information.
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