Copyright and Lehigh Preserve

Any author contributing works to the Lehigh Preserve must either hold the copyright for the work or have the permission of the copyright holder to publish it in Lehigh Preserve, and must provide evidence of the copyright status. Many authors sign agreements that transfer their copyright and other important use rights from the author to the publisher (for example, the journal in which an article is published). It is the author’s responsibility to secure permission for deposit in the repository. For assistance determining copyright, please contact , Scholarly Communications librarian

By contributing materials to the Lehigh Preserve, the author or copyright holder retains copyright and grants to Lehigh University the non-exclusive right to reproduce and/or distribute the submission (including metadata and abstract) worldwide, in any format or medium for non-commercial, research, educational, or related academic purposes only. Authors also agree that Lehigh may migrate the submission to any medium or format and retain more than one copy for the purposes of security and preservation.

Lehigh authors are encouraged to reserve self-archiving rights when negotiating book and journal contracts. Sample language for retaining rights is included in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Author’s Addendum to Publication Agreement.

What is Open Access and why choose it for your scholarly materials?

Open Access is “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” (SPARC). Open Access is increasingly important to scholars who seek broad access to their work, communication across disciplinary borders, international impact, and/or public availability now required by funding sources. The traditional scholarly publishing system, which is both restrictive and expensive, constricts access and hampers the ability of authors to expose and share their own work in a digital environment.

Lehigh Preserve is dedicated to facilitating the open access of Lehigh’s scholarly communications to provide a venue for enhanced exposure, sharing, and use.

Sharing Published Scholarship

Even if an author does not maintain copyright, it still may be possible to place some version of a work in Lehigh Preserve, such as a pre-print or post-print. To find a list of permissions granted by publishers/publisher agreements, see the SHERPA-RoMEO Publisher Copyright Database. In cases where publishers require an embargo period before authors may distribute a publication, Lehigh Preserve can limit access until the embargo period is over. For assistance determining copyright, please contact , Scholarly Communications librarian.

Original Publications

Lehigh Preserve is also a venue for first-time publication of conference papers, undergraduate and graduate student research, literary works, and more. Authors may choose to use a Creative Commons license to retain their copyright while also permitting various levels of reuse and sharing. For example, an author may decide not to allow commercial use, but permit the creation of derivative works as long as they are available under the same license terms. The Creative Commons page clearly outlines license choices and offers a helpful selection tool (

Guidelines for Users