Israel Scholar Archive : Copyright Essential Info
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 Works. 

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 web address.

Modifications of SPARC Author Addendum were developed by several other Institutions. The list includes MIT copyright amendment form ; Science Commons Scholar's Copyright projectOhioLINK 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 and Science 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.

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Send us an email: works[at] . Also consult ISW Manuscript help page for detailed submission and copyright information.

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