DigitalCommons@EMU is a virtual showcase of scholarly and creative works produced by Eastern Michigan University students, faculty, and staff.
DigitalCommons@EMU is a service of the EMU Library, and is designed to organize, preserve, and increase the impact of scholarly and creative work at Eastern Michigan University.
Content in DigitalCommons@EMU is easily discoverable through search engines, such as Google, expanding the reach and potential impact of the research and creative achievements of Eastern Michigan University's scholars and enhancing the reputation of the University.
Faculty and student submissions must meet the following guidelines in order to be included in DigitalCommons@EMU:
Individual departments and schools may develop additional guidelines regarding what intellectual output from their unit’s authors or creators they wish to archive in DigitalCommons@EMU.
Possible types of content include:
Contact Julia Nims, the repository curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
The EMU Library will assist faculty who wish to deposit materials into DigitalCommons@EMU by:
Before we can post any material, we require your permission.
Refer to any agreements with publishers to determine if you transferred or retained copyright.
Please contact the curator (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Some items that are otherwise acceptable may not be accepted for deposit into DigitalCommons@EMU if:
DigitalCommons@EMU is intended to be a permanent scholarly record of activity at EMU. Materials are removed from the repository rarely, and only in extreme conditions (i.e. copyright violation, invasion of privacy, libelous content, plagiarism). Material will not be withdrawn because the author/creator leaves the University.
Requests to withdraw faculty materials should be directed to the repository curator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Library administrators will consult with University Counsel to determine if the contested materials should be removed from the repository. If they determine the content will be withdrawn, due diligence will be made to contact the first author/creator affiliated with EMU, and give reason for the withdrawal. However, the Library reserves the right to withdraw content immediately and without notification.
Requests to withdraw a master’s thesis or capstone project, or a doctoral dissertation should be directed to EMU’s Graduate School. Requests to withdraw honors theses should be addressed to EMU’s Honors College.
If the content will not be withdrawn, the repository curator will contact the requestor and explain why the material will remain on the site.
In the event of a withdrawal:
All materials in DigitalCommons@EMU are protected by copyright.
Copyright policies for materials in journals/peer-reviewed series and events/conference proceedings are set by the journal editors and event sponsors.
If the authors/creators retain the copyright for the content they contribute to the institutional repository, they agree to grant Eastern Michigan University a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, re-use, display, distribute, transmit, publish, republish or copy the material for the purpose of including it in DigitalCommons@EMU.
If the authors/creators transferred the copyright for the materials they wish to add to DigitalCommons@EMU, they agree to provide copyright-holder approved versions of the materials to the Library and to adhere to the copyright-holders policies regarding copyright and self-archiving.
The EMU Library will not add material to DigitalCommons@EMU without author/creator agreement, even if the author/creator transferred copyright and the copyright holder permits posting.
If materials are in the public domain, the EMU Library will make every reasonable effort to get permission to post from the creator/author. If the EMU Library is unable to contact the author/creator of materials in the public domain, the institutional repository curator, in consultation with the Library administration, will decide if the materials will be added to DigitalCommons@EMU.
Individuals have the right to download and print one personal copy of materials in DigitalCommons@EMU.
Unless otherwise indicated, individuals do not have the right to make additional copies, post, or distribute any of the materials, unless the use meets a reasonable determination of fair use. Any use of DigitalCommons@EMU content that exceeds these exceptions requires permission from the copyright holder.
Permission does not need to be obtained for linking to or harvesting DigitalCommons@EMU content.
If you have any questions about DigitalCommons@EMU or these policies, please contact Julia K. Nims, the repository curator, at email@example.com or 734.487.2507.