From Spring 2017 the Registrar requires students depositing their thesis in digital format. As such, they are available only for administrative purposes. This guide provides instructions on how to publish your thesis in open access, making it readable and downloadable by anyone and anywhere in the world.
According to the law (for Italy Law 633/1941, Protezione del diritto d'autore e di altri diritti connessi al suo esercizio), students own the copyright to their theses or dissertations. To make your work publicly accessible, you need to
If you decide to do so, the full text of your thesis will be made accessible and preserved for the future. Its description (author, title, abstract) and a link to the full text will be added in JCU Discovery and Worldcat.
Like in other civil law based countries, the Italian law in effect for John Cabot University regulates author's rights. It is slightly different than the copyright law, and covers
As copyright owner, you must also grant that all the materials included in your thesis are not violating third party copyrights. However, you may need to include published items like pictures, graphs, or art examples in your thesis. What can you do in such cases?
CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE
Copyright protection does not require any form of registration; it is effective as soon as your original work is fixed in a tangible medium. However, to inform people about how they can use your work, you could take advantage of a Creative Commons license. There are several, from the most restrictive, which only permits sharing, to the most open, which allows creating derivative works.
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Some cases require special consideration. You may restrain from open access publishing, or require an embargo, when
An embargo temporarily restricts access to the full text of your thesis for a period of three years from the time of submission. All the descriptive information about it, such as the title, subject(s) or abstract, will be visible in our pages and in Worldcat. Only the actual thesis file and accompanying materials will be inaccessible for the established period.
A Creative Commons license allows you to communicate to users the ways in which you want your thesis shared and your work cited. It is a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to your creative or scholarly work. If you are not familiar with the Creative Commons licenses, watch this