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Academic Works - CUNY's institutional repository: Copyright

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Author Rights

Open-access archiving is becoming an expectation – and in some cases a requirement – for scholars. As such, more publishers are allowing it in some form. 

Resources from SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Michael Carroll on Copyright and Open Access

(C)opyright @ CUNY

For more updates and news on information creation and sharing, feel free to visit the (C)opyright @ CUNY website.

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines

Collage Art Association: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (2014)

Visual Resources Association: Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research and Study (2011)

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC)

Creative Commons 

SPARC on Author Rights

This brief video, produced by the Institute on Scholarly Communication in association with SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), explains how researchers can maximize exposure and dissemination for their peer-reviewed article manuscripts.

OA Glossary


  • Preprint: This is the first draft you submitted to a publisher.
  • Postprint: The name is misleading. This is the final manuscript you submitted to the publisher after making revisions from the peer review process; a postprint hasn’t been printed or designed or even copy-edited yet; it’s usually a Word document.
  • Publisher’s PDF: This is a scan or page export from the printed or online journal.
  • Link to publisher’s website: This takes a reader to the original publication. Some drawbacks: Sometimes, a reader must have a subscription or purchase the publication. And, it doesn't count as a full-text download.