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 and educational resources 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 are happy to assist with these issues.

Open Education

KU Libraries advocates for and supports the use of open educational resources (OER) to reduce textbook costs to students and support academic freedom for instructors through consultations, presentations, grants, and memberships in collaborative efforts such as the Open Textbook Network and OpenStax Institutional Partner Program.

Support for Copyright

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. Please visit our information resource page for authors or contact Josh Bolick, or Ada Emmett,, in the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright.

Copyright information for instructors and students

  • For instructors: on when and how to share copyrighted works with your students in the classroom or use copyrighted materials in your teaching materials. The Copyright and Teaching LibGuide contains additional resources, or we are happy to help you directly. Contact information on that page.
  • For students: who use copyrighted materials in their theses and dissertations. You will find additional resources to get you started in the Fair Use and Scholarship section of this LibGuide, or we are happy to help you directly. Contact information on that page.

Support for KU Faculty Senate's 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 describes "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.

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. Contact us directly through our Office email account,, or reach out to Ada Emmett,, or Josh Bolick,, directly. We also work closely with Marianne Reed,, in the Digital Initiatives unit in the Libraries. Together 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. A list of current and ongoing initiatives supported by the OSC&C staff and other units in the library related to Open Access are listed on our Open Access website.
  • Consider the adoption, adaption, or creating of open educational materials or open textbooks for your instruction. See our OER program information for support and ideas to reduce the cost of textbooks in the classroom.


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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