The Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications assists the entire Duke community with copyright and legal issues, advocacy, and best practices for publishing. We maintain a website, scholarworks.duke.edu, to help duke researchers understand legal and technical options for sharing and using scholarship. We also work closely with Duke librarians on a number of specific projects, including digitization, project development, and risk assessment.
You can read about recent developments in copyright and scholarly communications on our blog, or read more about scholarly communications in general here.
Copyright and Legal Consulting – We can answer questions about copyright and fair use, as well as address licensing, privacy, and other legal issues related to research and teaching.
Scholarship and Technology – We can help you to adapt and apply new technologies to further knowledge-sharing among researchers across the globe. We support the Duke Elements system, which facilitates managing publications for faculty profiles in Scholars@Duke, as well as uploading full text of those works for open access in the DukeSpace open access repository.
Outreach and Education – Our office engages with members of the Duke community to help foster better understanding of copyright and scholarly publishing. We can meet in groups or individually based on interest.
Rapid technological changes during the past decade have made navigating scholarly communications more complex. As consumers of intellectual property, students and faculty have far more opportunities to use, modify and distribute the texts, images, sounds and video via the Web, online journals, and open access platforms. At the same time, copyright and privacy law restrictions and the growing diversity of new platforms make it more difficult for authors to maximize the reach of their original works. The study of scholarly communication explores how universities can best protect the ownership and integrity of an author's intellectual property while also sharing it in ways that are most beneficial to the author and the scholarly community. Learn more about scholarly communications from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
See also this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (or this freely available version if you are blocked by the Chronicle's paywall) for more about why universities have scholarly communications experts available to their communities, and what we do.