In order to deposit your work in Niner Commons, you need to retain your right to deposit your work in an institutional repository. As the author of a work, you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer the copyright to someone else in a signed agreement—you decide which rights you want to keep, and which you want to give away.
It may be useful to consult an author addendum, such as the author addendum from SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. An author addendum can be appended to your publisher's agreement, and helps you retain key rights to your work.
You can also alter your author agreement by crossing out clauses you don’t like, and suggesting alternatives that better meet your needs. Some rights you may want to ask for are the rights to:
If you’ve already published your work and you want to determine if you can deposit your work in Niner Commons, there are a few resources to help you:
See our Niner Commons Copyright Guide for more information on how to evaluate the rights situation for your work:
An embargo is an optional restriction that allows only the title, abstract, and citation information about your work to be released to the public, while the full text of your work is kept hidden for a specified period of time. Embargoes are useful when there is a patent pending on the work or an ethical need to prevent disclosure of sensitive or classified information about persons, institutions, and so forth. You can talk with someone on staff to learn more about embargoes at email@example.com.
The library’s Copyright & Licensing Librarian, Kate Dickson (firstname.lastname@example.org), is available for consultations to help with evaluating and negotiating your author agreements, as well as determining if your work can be deposited in Niner Commons.
For more information on copyright at UNC Charlotte, please see our copyright page or our research guide on copyright.