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Digital Commons @ Winthrop: Managing Copyright

Digital Commons @ Winthrop is a digital repository and publication platform designed to collect, preserve, and make accessible the academic output of Winthrop University faculty, students, and staff.

Copyright and Fair Use Guide

Dacus Library advocates for and supports education about copyright and fair use of works that support teaching, learning, research, and creativity. We also support open access to scholarly resources and authors' rights to distribute their works. Copyright can be complicated, and the Winthrop community should be familiar with the basics of copyright as it pertains to teaching, learning, research, and creative works and output. Information in this guide should not be considered legal advice. Review Winthrop's full Copyright Policy.


Use the SHERPA RoMEO to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. Search by journal title or by publisher for their copyright and self-archiving policies or contact the publisher directly. You can also email for assistance. 


Submission Agreements and Permission Forms

Before submitting to Digital Commons @ Winthrop, users are asked to complete a submission agreement either by check box or physical form. Below you will find links to both of those policies.

Submission Agreement General

Non-Exclusive Liscense Agreement General

Student Agreement for Public Access - for Graduate Thesis and MLA Capstones