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FAQ

Who should I talk to if I need help with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat while creating my ETD?

·        Questions should be directed to Debra Borrelli at the WVU Libraries.

·        Email: ETDReview@mail.wvu.edu

·        Phone: 304-293-0324

 

 

What is a publishing embargo?

 

The Research Repository @WVU offers 3 types of embargo for Electronic Theses, Dissertations and Problem/Project Reports.

Open Access:  No Restrictions

o   The full text of the ETD will be available as soon as the submission is published in the Research Repository @ WVU

1 year Embargo

o   The full text of the ETD will not be available until 1 year after the submission is published in the Research Repository @ WVU.  The embargo may be renewed at the end of the 1 year period by contacting ETDReview@mail.wvu.edu.   This option is available for works that have patent applications or publications pending.   Please complete the Embargo Request form, obtain the required signature(s) and upload the form (.pdf) in the Additional Files section

Permanent embargo:  MFA Creative Writing

o   The full text of the ETD will not be available to any off-campus repository users.   This embargo is restricted to students enrolled in the MFA – Creative Writing Department.   Please complete the Permanent Embargo Request Form (upper portion) and upload the form (.pdf) in the Additional Files section.

Permanent embargo:  Sensitive Export Control

o   The full text of the ETD will not be available for download or access without permission from the Export Control Office at WVU.  Please complete the Permanent Embargo Request Form, obtain the required signatures and upload the form (.pdf) in the Additional Files section.

What about Copyright?

Copyright is pretty much what it sounds like. You (the author) have the RIGHT to decide who can make COPIES of your work. The author automatically has copyright as soon as the document is written. It doesn’t have to be published, it just has to exist. Sharing it somewhere on the Internet doesn’t give anyone else the right to sell it or make copies for others unless the author specifically gives permission.

 

When the ETD is deposited in the IR and eventually uploaded to ProQuest, the author is giving ProQuest the RIGHT only to sell single copies of the document. ProQuest must then pay the author a portion of what is earned for every copy that it sells. (This is what royalties are.) You (the author) still have the right to make a contract with a journal or book publisher for all or part of the work. (That contract might have additional restrictions, or even ask that copyright be transferred to that publisher, so ALWAYS read the contracts and publishing agreements carefully before signing!)  

 

The United States Copyright Office provides an additional layer of copyright protection.   Information about this service and registration is available at https://www.copyright.gov/.