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Writer’s block and author anxiety are common when one begins to prepare their scholarly research and writing. Perhaps there are too many irons in the fire between teaching, research, civic engagement, and family. Or this might be one’s first step into publishing. YIP has resources (and community contacts) to help scholars, as well as others, acquire knowledge about intellectual property to cultivate their research, creativity, and innovation. Scholarly Communications supports faculty and researchers in opportunities which facilitate the sharing, reuse, and dissemination of their scholarship. Familiarity of intellectual property rights supports such faculty and researchers ensures that such rights are protected.
Scholarly and other intellectual works are copyright protected as soon as the work is in a fixed medium, e.g. paper or digital. Copyright begins as the moment of creation and subsists for the life of the author plus 70 years.
Graduate research work (such as a thesis or dissertation) is copyright protected as soon as one creates it in a tangible format. Inserting information by other authors in a thesis may qualify as fair use. In some cases, to avoid copyright infringement, your information use may require permission from the copyright holder. Copyright infringement and plagiarism are different issues. Depending on whether or not your graduate work is commercially published and how much of another’s copyrighted work is cited, it is helpful to review fair use guidelines and copyright information provided here by ProQuest/UMI.
Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities by Kenneth Crews
Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis (includes sample copyright permission letter)
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global--Resources
See Fair Use section of this site for more.
If you are planning to publish a scholarly journal article, book, or other digital media, you should be aware that you are most likely going to sign a publisher contract. Often publishers want writers to relinquish some of their copyrights. When you sign such a contract, it may deprive your author rights to post your own work on the Web, share articles with colleagues, or even prepare copies for your classroom instructional use. Publisher permission may be required to use your own work after it has been published.
U.S. Copyright Law provides authors with the following rights:
Authors should actively manage their copyright to retain all or part of their rights associated with copyright when dealing with publishers. It is possible to transfer copyright and also retain some rights for reuse. “It is essential that individual scholars maintain some control over their copyrights. Universities should encourage individual faculty to sign publishing contracts that, while giving journal publishers certain rights, maintain (at minimum) the author’s right to post published articles on open archives.” —Bergstrom & Rubinfeld, “Alternative Economic design for academic publishing,” in Dreyfuss, et al., eds., Working Within the Boundaries of Intellectual Property: Innovation Policy For The Knowledge Society (Oxford University Press: New York), 2010.
The University of Wisconsin – Madison Libraries, offers relevant copyright management tips entitled, Scholarly Communication and Publishing: Copyright:
Source: University of Wisconsin – Madison Libraries, Scholarly Communication and Publishing: Copyright, https://www.library.wisc.edu/research-support/scholarly-communication/copyright-resources/managing-your-copyright/
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an Author Rights Initiative which also provides essential publishing rights guidelines for scholarly authors:
Open access and public domain type services and resources generally do not require transfer of copyright. Open access models, such as Creative Commons, are often highly supportive of scholarly publishing. See Creative Commons section of this site for more.
Designing a poster presentation is another research method utilized often for science class projects. This is an opportunity for students to learn how to cite sources from their research for their poster presentation. As Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. outlines, student could also prepare a detailed bibliography for their science research. This could then support their poster presentation. Besides creating a separate bibliography, highlights of the most significant source should be listed on the poster. See Designing Effective Poster Presentation by Traci Gardner for citing sources on posters. Poster sessions could also be applied to other subjects such as literature, history, social studies, music, art, etc.
Need information about how to cite patents in your scholarly research or preliminary patent searching records? See Patent Citations guide within this IP Basics section of this site. For additional types of licensing of intellectual properties, see Contracts & Licensing section of this site.