Doctoral Writing Center
Knowing My Rights When Publishing
Publishing your dissertation or an element of your dissertation is an exciting process. However, it is also important to know what the process entails in terms of copyright and embargo so you can make educated decisions regarding your work and your ownership of it.
Let’s first look at a few key terms:
This is a type of intellectual property that ensures the author ownership of their material and right to copy and redistribute it.
Non Exclusive License
The publisher can use the manuscript/content but the author reserves the right to publish the same content elsewhere.
Creative Commons License (CC)
This license specifies how others can use your work in their own projects. There are a variety of types of CC licenses. Some allow individuals to use your work as long as they give you credit, some require individuals to obtain a license, and others restrict commercial vs. noncommercial use (just to name a few). For additional information, see here.
How Does This Affect Me?
3. Future Plans
Options for Publication
There are ample avenues you could pursue for publication. As a starting point in your research for what fits you and your goals best, see below.