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Asking for Permission: A Survey of Copyright Workflows for Institutional Repositories
portal: Libraries and the Academy (2011)
  • Marisa Ramirez, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Ann Hanlon, Marquette University

An online survey of institutional repository (IR) managers identified copyright clearance trends in staffing and workflows. The majority of respondents followed a mediated deposit model, and reported that library personnel, instead of authors, engaged in copyright clearance activities for IRs. The most common “information gaps” pertained to the breadth of information in copyright directories like SHERPA/RoMEO. To fill these gaps, most respondents directly contacted publishers for permissions. Respondents typically did not share publisher responses with other IRs, citing barriers such as time, expertise, staffing, and the need for improved methods for sharing data with copyright directories.

Publication Date
April, 2011
Publisher Statement
Copyright © 2011 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in PORTAL: LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY, Volume 11, Issue 2, April, 2011, pages 683-702. The definitive version is available at portal: Libraries and the Academy.
Citation Information
Marisa Ramirez and Ann Hanlon. "Asking for Permission: A Survey of Copyright Workflows for Institutional Repositories" portal: Libraries and the Academy Vol. 11 Iss. 2 (2011)
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