Policies Page

Who Can Submit Materials

Faculty and staff affiliated with any RIT college, department, lab, center, institute or other campus unit can directly contribute eligible content via the submission form on the RIT Scholar Works website.

RIT graduate students are to follow the directions posted at http://scholarworks.rit.edu/faq.html#genfaq-1 for the submission of theses, dissertations, Master’s Projects and Capstone Projects.

Other RIT student work may be submitted by an RIT faculty or staff member on the student’s behalf, but the faculty or staff member is responsible for first obtaining permission from the student to publish the student’s work.

Multiple-authored works can be deposited in the RIT Scholar Works. Before depositing the material, you should make sure that the other authors are in agreement to do so.

For additional information on the submission process, please contact ritscholarworks@rit.edu.

What Materials Can Be Submitted

Works are to be scholarly in nature. Because deposits are intended to be permanent contributions to RIT Scholar Works, works that are in progress or ephemeral in nature are not recommended for contribution. Deposits are to be materials that were created while the author was affiliated with RIT (articles written while employed at another institution, for instance, are not appropriate contributions).

All works in RIT Scholar Works are open access (e.g. documents are full-text). RIT Scholar Works does not accept embargoed materials or citations without the accompanying materials. For more information on open access and open access publishing, please go to http://wallacecenter.rit.edu/scholarly-publishing-studio/open-access-journals/open-access-information.

The RIT Libraries staff will make its best efforts to maintain the content, structure and functionality of deposited work. However, not all formats can receive the same level of preservation commitment particularly with proprietary or uncommon file formats. If there are questions concerning the appropriateness of materials or file formats, please contact ritscholarworks@rit.edu.

Author Review

Authors do not have an opportunity to review the work that they have submitted prior to it becoming publicly available in RIT Scholar Works; therefore, the work must be ready for public distribution at the point of submission.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting works to the repository, authors are responsible for clearing all necessary permissions. Authors retain the copyright to their works and grant RIT the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that these works may also be published elsewhere.

All authors must agree to the terms of publishing in the repository as listed in the RIT Scholar Works author agreement.

All requests for commercial use of materials found in the RIT Scholar Works will be referred back to the author.

The RIT Libraries Copyright and Fair Use Information page provides more information on copyright, including links to RIT’s Copyright Policy and Intellectual Property Policies.

Removal of Works

RIT Scholar Works is designed to provide long-term, persistent access to deposited items, and the removal of items is discouraged. If a request is received from an author to withdraw an item, RIT Libraries will provide authors with relevant information, consult with the appropriate campus entities and comply. If a request is received from someone other than the author to withdraw an item, an embargo will be placed on the access to the item until a final determination is made.

Since any item within RIT Scholar Works may have been cited via its persistent URL, a removed item’s record will always supply a “tombstone” or place-holder whenever the item is requested. The tombstone will contain metadata for the item with a message indicating that the item was removed. The tombstone metadata will be visible to those who already have its persistent URL, but the item and its metadata will no longer be searchable and the items will no longer be available for harvesting by services such as Google and OAIster.

Please contact ritscholarworks@rit.edu for more information about the withdrawal of items from RIT Scholar Works.