With very few exceptions, everything in VTechWorks is copyrighted.
For the most part, the author or creator of the work is the copyright holder unless they assigned it to someone else. Exceptions include "works for hire," most US federal publications, and works that are in the pubic domain due to age or assignment.
We recommend adding a Creative Commons license to your work in order to let people know whether and how they may use your work. CC-BY means that your retain your copyright while at the same time you give others permission to use your work as long as they give you credit, i.e., attribution: BY. You may add NC to the license to denote that your work may not be used for commercial purposes. Add ND and you indicate that others may not alter or make derivatives of your work. Add SA and you tell others that they may "share alike," that is re-uses must be issued under the same license.
See the library's COPYRIGHT resources.
VTechWorks is a publicly available repository. Each item you deposit will become immediately available unless you choose to embargo it temporarily.
When you submit an item to VTechWorks, you will have to opportunity to "hide" it until a specific date. When an item has multiple parts, each part can have a different availability date.
In the right-hand column of every item in VTechWorks, there is a link to "View Usage Statistis." Here anyone may see:
There are also download statistics below the linked file name; and sometimes an Altmetric "donut" at the bottom of that column also.
Every item that is uploaded to VTechWorks receives a unique identifier. In VTechworks these are called "handles." They look like this: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/78591
The "handle" is a permanent URL (web address). This means that if we moved your item to a new server, the URL would not change.
The last step in the VTechWorks submission process is to formally give Virginia Tech Libraries permission to store and provide access to your work. This is called a non-exclusive license and it doesn't change the fact that the author/creator is the copyright holder. If you have any questions about copyright, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Describe the work you're submitting to VTechWorks. There are several screens and at each one you will have the opportunity to "Save and Exit" or go to the "Next" screen and continue describing the work. You will have the opportunity to edit your description throughout the submission process. (These are the steps for a typical article submission. Steps will vary slightly if you're submitting a video or other content type."
* denotes required field, i.e., title, date, file.
After completing 17-19, you will have the opportunity to proofread the description of your item and make changes and to add more files (repeating steps 17-19).
You're done! Now your submission will be assessed by the collection's approved reviewer. You will receive emails acknowledging your submission and a link to the handle (URL) when it is approved.