Copyright & Scholarly Communication Services

Scholarly Communication refers to the complex system of creation, dissemination and use of the products of scholarship, both formal and informal, and the social, legal and economic issues and pressures at play on the system. KU Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright (OSC&C) assists faculty and students to share their scholarly work using complementary online tools like KU ScholarWorks, to manage the complex copyrights associated with those works and the works of other scholars and to learn more about the shifting system of scholarly communication in which they are major stakeholders.

We would be happy to assist you with these issues.

Copyright Information for Authors

If you are planning on publishing an article, the OSC&C has tools that you can use to retain your copyrights when working with a publisher.

Depending on the help you need the information or links below will help. When in doubt, please do not hesitate to email Ada Emmett, or Marianne Reed, for further assistance. More...

Copyright Information for Instructors and Students

How and when it is possible to share copyrighted works with your students in the classroom or use copyrighted materials in your teaching materials is a common question and source of confusion. Students need also to learn how and when they may use copyrighted materials in their papers and projects for classes and certainly for theses and dissertations. We provide some helpful links and information below. More...

Open Access Policy

The OSC&C staff can help faculty participate in the KU Open Access Policy passed by the Faculty Senate. Our excellent Open Access website described "full-service" and "self-service" options to make your work available in KU ScholarWorks (KU's open archive of scholarly work created by its faculty) and thereby participate in the policy. More...

KU Open Access Week

Every year in October, KU Libraries hosts a week of events for KU faculty, graduate students, and others who want to learn how open access affects them as authors and scholars.

See the list of 2014 Open Access Week events at the University of Kansas, being held October 20-24, 2014.

Here are the events from previous Open Access Week celebrations at KU:

Promote Public Sharing of KU Scholarly Output

OSC&C staff work with faculty and students to promote the public sharing of the fruits of their scholarly work. We can:

  • Submit articles, papers, presentations, and other scholarly works into KU ScholarWorks on behalf of faculty and graduate students
  • Provide expert advice on retaining copyrights for open sharing of scholarly output
  • Maintain documentation and provide training for self-service posting of items into KU ScholarWorks
  • Advocacy for Open Access issues: OSC&C staff advocate to the scholarly community on Open Access issues, including retention of author rights to scholarly output, open dissemination of knowledge through the KU ScholarWorks and Journals@KU repositories, and presentations to members of the KU community.


Ada Emmett
Head, Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright
Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright
Watson Library, Room 450

Josh Bolick
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright
Watson Library, Room 450

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