Open Access and Copyright

All work deposited in Research Showcase @ CMU will eventually be made available open access, that is, available to everyone on the Internet at no charge. Open access does not mean authors or their publishers, if copyright was transferred to the publisher, lose their copyrights.

Authors are responsible for determining whether they have the necessary rights to deposit their work. If you own the copyright to a work, you can deposit it in Research Showcase. If you transferred copyright to a publisher, the publisher determines whether the work can be deposited. Most publisher policies allow authors to deposit some version of their work in an institutional repository such as Research Showcase @ CMU. Some policies impose an embargo to delay open access for a specified period of time after publication (e.g., twelve months).

Work can be deposited in Research Showcase at any time. If you transferred copyright to a publisher that imposes an embargo, the embargo can be designated at the time of deposit and access to the work will be opened after the required delay. If you own the copyright to the work, Carnegie Mellon University encourages you to specify at the time of deposit the Creative Commons (CC) license that indicates what you will allow users to do with the work without asking your permission, for example, make and distribute copies. Using a CC license does not mean you give up your copyright.

To discover a publisher’s policy on open access, search the Sherpa RoMEO database. Policies can also be found on journal websites. If you need assistance in determining what rights you have, contact Katie Behrman, Research Showcase Outreach Coordinator, , or Denise Troll Covey, Scholarly Communications Librarian, .