Terms used in publishing.
Liberty University has an opportunity to publish journal articles with Cambridge University Press hybrid and gold journals for free. As long as you have @liberty.edu as your email address domain you qualify. Please see our Cambridge webpage for details.
To browse journals in your subject area, go to the Cambridge Core journals webpage.
Offer expires 12/31/2023
Liberty University researchers have expanded access to content and no-fee Open Access publishing opportunities through JFL’s membership in the Virginia Academic Library Consortium (VIVA).
When publishing or presenting their own scholarly works, faculty should consider two aspects of copyright:
Faculty Member as Author/Creator
In general, whoever creates a work is the copyright holder. (An exception would be works made for hire.) Copyright is automatic, and it is not necessary to register for copyright or use the © symbol. If you are interested in registering for copyright, please review the registration portal at the U.S. Copyright site.
The copyright holder may grant permission to others who wish to use their work. They may also use a free Creative Commons license to allow others to use their work without asking for permission. A Creative Commons license allows the copyright holder to choose the terms by which others can use their works. All Creative Commons licenses require attribution to the author.
Copyrighted Materials within Publications/Presentations
When a work that includes copyrighted materials such as images and other audiovisual materials, graphs, charts, testing instruments, etc. is published or otherwise made publicly available, there are additional copyright considerations. Faculty can review the Copyright Basics tab for additional information.
In addition to citing their sources in order to avoid plagiarism, faculty will need to do one of the following. if their use of copyrighted material falls outside of the Fair Use Guidelines:
Evaluating Publishers & Publications
Not all publishers are the same. Whether traditional subscription, open access, hybrid, or monographic, it's important to evaluate a publisher before agreeing to publish anything with them.
Use the Think-Check-Submit checklist. Review it before submitting work or agreeing to serve as a reviewer. A few minutes can save your research reputation! Identify predatory or low-quality journals.
Interested in publishing an article or book? Below are resources to assist in finding a reputable journal to publish an article.
Journal Evaluation Tool - Steps to evaluate journals using a rubric to assist in determining if the publication is a good choice. Created by librarians from Loyola Marymount University.
Many authors want to keep their rights as an author. Review these resources to gain knowledge regarding the publisher's contract and the ability to make changes to a binding contract.
We created the Submitting Dissertations and Theses site for Graduate students. Please refer to this site for the latest up-to-date information on submitting your dissertation, thesis, or project as required to complete your program. Scholarly Communications has created a tutorial on the submission process. You may view it here.
To assist in the process of creating a thesis or dissertation, the following article can give the student information to consider. Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis, Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities is a manual that is intended to help students learn and understand the copyright issues relevant to graduate works.
After completing a large research project you may want to share your research in a published article. Here are some resources to assist in this process.