Copyright, publishing & open access

Tisch provides a variety of services related to copyright and publishing.

Copyright is a form of legal protection for authors of original academic and creative works. If you have copyright to something you have a bundle of exclusive rights, including the right to use, copy, change, or publicly display the work. Since 1978, copyright is automatically granted to the creator of a work at the moment of creation without any need to register.

We can help you answer questions about using others’ work in your coursework, research, and teaching, or about your rights to your own work. Learn more about copyright from the Tufts Scholarly Communications Team.

If you’d like to incorporate images, text, video, or other material created by someone else in your work without requesting permission, you should consider a four factor fair use analysis. Read more about the four factors, or use this handy checklist from Columbia.

For questions about copyright to your work created as a Tufts faculty member, student, or staff member, visit the Tufts Policy on Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Intellectual Property.

If you're writing a thesis or dissertation, you can find answers to questions about copyright and embargoes in our FAQ for Dissertation and Thesis writers.

Online teaching

If you’re teaching online this semester, the TEACH Act provides guidelines for using copyrighted material in your course. Read more about the TEACH Act, or use this checklist from the University of Texas to see if your use falls under the Act.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses are public copyright licenses that grant specific levels of permission for reuse of a work without having to ask the creator for permission.

If you're a creator of a work, assigning a Creative Commons license tells others exactly how they can use your work and contributes to the spread of information and creation of new knowledge. Find out more about the licenses.

You can find images, video, music, articles, and more with Creative Commons licenses. See our Finding media to download guide for sources of CC-licensed media.

Publishing and open access

Tisch can help you find a place to publish or share your work, evaluate an author’s contract, or measure the impact of your publications. Find out more on our Scholarly Publishing guide.

We also have a fund to help pay article processing charges (APCs) to publish in open access journals or books, and memberships to some journals and publishers to receive free or discounted APCs for Tufts authors, including Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), BioMed Central, and Springer Open journals.

Contribute Your Scholarship to the Tufts Digital Library

Many author’s agreements now allow you to deposit a pre-print or accepted manuscript version of an article into an institutional repository. To increase access & visibility for your work, consider contributing your published scholarship, along with unpublished content such as conference papers & working papers, to the Tufts Digital Library (TDL). Learn more about sharing your work via the TDL.

Get in touch!

Contact Andrea Schuler, Copyright and Open Scholarship Librarian, with any copyright & publishing questions.

We can also offer workshops for your class, lab, or department on any of these topics.

Visit Scholarly Communication at Tufts for more in-depth information about these topics