KSCommons Author Rights & Copyright Information

  • The author must own copyrights or obtain copyright permission from the publisher in order to upload material to KSCommons.
  • Authors maintain copyrights of all uploaded work and are free to publish it elsewhere.
  • In placing materials in KSCommons the author grants the university a non-exclusive, perpetual right to use the digital assets for non-commercial use.
  • Many publisher’s policies on posting article to institutional repositories are available at the Sherpa/Romeo site.
  • If the publisher is not listed on the site, you can contact them directly or you can work with someone at Mason Library to get permission from the publisher. Assistance with copyright permission requests and queries is a service offered by Mason Library. Contact for more information. If you would rather request permission yourself, there are many sample templates for permission request letters available on the Sherpa site.
  • Authors own copyright to their works unless they transfer them to someone else.
  • Many publishers will ask authors to transfer their copyrights completely, but there are alternatives. Authors do not need to give up their copyrights in order to publish.
    • Authors can negotiate with publishers to retain certain rights
    • For more information on author rights, consult SPARC