Policies and Guidelines

This document provides governance and guidance for ScholarWorks@Arcadia, Arcadia University’s online, open access institutional repository. Outlined below are the defined policies for administration, collections and copyright.


ScholarWorks@Arcadia is administered by Landman Library, and is supported by several academic units on campus including the Office of the Provost, the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, the Honors Program, and Instructional Technology.

Repository Manager: Larissa Gordon, Assistant Professor & Instruction, Research, and Scholarly Communications Librarian | 215.572.2136 |

Copyright Consultant: Calvin Wang, Assistant Professor & Sciences | 215.572.4097 |


ScholarWorks@Arcadia includes research and scholarship produced by every school and department at Arcadia University. In addition, ScholarWorks@Arcadia publishes refereed, peer- reviewed journals and recognizes academic excellence by highlighting the award-winning work of graduate and undergraduate students at the University. Collections are organized by college, school, department, or administrative office, and are further sub-divided into faculty, graduate and undergraduate works.

Collection development priorities include: 1. Publishing faculty scholarship, including gray literature (e.g. working papers, white papers, reports), previously-published articles from scholarly journals, chapters in books, conference papers and presentations, data sets, and many other formats of research or professional work 2. Publishing original, faculty-sponsored student research 3. Publishing Honors theses papers, and award-winning student scholarship 4. Publishing graduate theses and dissertations from all graduate programs 5. Publishing Arcadia University sponsored conference and presentation proceedings


All contributors to ScholarWorks@Arcadia contribute content with the knowledge that their work will be made freely and openly available to the world via the Internet. Authors retain their rights to all content published in ScholarWorks@Arcadia unless prior copyright and/or publisher agreements stipulate otherwise. Questions regarding copyright should be addressed to the repository manager or copyright consultant.


ScholarWorks@Arcadia respects all intellectual property rights. We ask that contributors submit only copyright cleared items (i.e. those items for which they own copyright, are licensed under an appropriate creative commons license, or for which they have the appropriate publisher’s permissions. For further information on copyright see the Copyright@Arcadia resource guide.


These terms of use apply to any works without a Creative Commons license (see below).

For previously published works (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) for which the publisher retains copyright, permission has been granted (where necessary) to post this material on ScholarWorks@Arcadia. For any use, which exceeds personal use or fair use, permission may be required by the copyright owner of the material.

For unpublished scholarly or creative works, the right to download or print any portion of this material is granted by the copyright owner only for personal or educational use. The author/creator retains all proprietary rights, including copyright ownership. Any editing, other reproduction or other use of this material by any means requires the express written permission of the copyright owner.

Except as provided above, or for any other use that is allowed by fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.), you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any material from this web site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the material.


For works posted in ScholarWorks@Arcadia that display a Creative Commons license in their record and/or on the work itself, the use of that work is governed by the terms of the license selected by the content creator.

For more information about Creative Commons licenses, or to license your own work, please visithttp://creativecommons.org/choose/.


The statement below is the author’s agreement with Arcadia University and ScholarWorks@Arcadia. There is no need to sign and return this information, it is for your records and can be printed and retained for future reference. This statement explains your submission and copyright acknowledgement. By submitting your work to ScholarWorks@Arcadia, you agree to these terms.

Amendments to this agreement, as well as requests for embargos, updates, or removals should be made in writing to the repository manager.


I hereby grant Arcadia University (the “University”) the non-exclusive right to copy, display, perform, distribute, preserve, and/or publish, in any format, in perpetuity, the content (the “Submission”) I submit to the ScholarWorks@Arcadia digital institutional repository, for use in connection with the University’s digital repositories, educational, and/or scholarly activities. Except for the non-exclusive rights set forth in this Agreement, no other rights in the Submission are being granted to the University.

I warrant that:

1. I am either the owner of the copyrights in the Submission or have the express written permission of the copyright owner(s), and, therefore, have full authority to grant the rights set forth in this Agreement;

2. The Submission does not infringe on any copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party, nor does the Submission contain any libelous matter or otherwise infringe any other rights of any third party.;

3. If the Submission contains any material, including images and graphs, for which I do not hold the copyright and that does not constitute fair use under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq., such material is clearly identified/acknowledged within the Submission, and I have obtained the written permission of the copyright owner of such material to grant the rights set forth in this Agreement;

4. No right in the Submission has been sold, mortgaged, or otherwise disposed of, and the Submission is free from all exclusive claims; and;

5. There are no restrictions or required publication delays affecting the University’s distribution or other use of the Submission, so the University may immediately post my Submission to ScholarWorks@Arcadia except as indicated in writing simultaneously with the deposit of the Submission.;

I agree to hold the University harmless for any liability, costs and fees arising from a breach of any of the foregoing warranties.

I understand that ScholarWorks@Arcadia was established to provide open access to a wide range of University-related digital content, and that content posted to ScholarWorks@Arcadia may be freely accessible to the public. If my Submission is posted to ScholarWorks@Arcadia, the Submission shall include my name and may also include other information, as applicable, such as my program/department, my year of graduation, and/or the name(s) of my faculty adviser(s)/committee members.

I understand that I have the right to request that my Submission be removed from ScholarWorks@Arcadia and that, if a written request for removal is made, the University will remove my Submission from ScholarWorks@Arcadia within 30 days of its receipt of such request. I further understand that the University has the right, in its discretion, to refuse to include any Submission in, or to withdraw any Submission from, ScholarWorks@Arcadia. Once a Submission is deposited with ScholarWorks@Arcadia a bibliographic citation to the Submission may remain visible in perpetuity, even if the Work is modified or removed from the repository.