Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Emory Law Scholarly Commons?

The Emory Law Scholarly Commons is an electronic repository of the research and scholarship from the faculty and scholars of Emory University School of Law. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and curated by MacMillan Law Library and Emory Law departments and centers.

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What type of content is collected in the repository?

The Emory Law Scholarly Commons will be home to a selection of the most recent years of published open access scholarship produced by our current faculty, to the last several years of Emory Law student-edited journals, and to select publications of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. We have also planned for future expansions and content.

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How do I get my scholarly materials included in the repository?

If you are a current, full-time Emory Law faculty member, please contact the Scholarly Commons administrator with inquiries about inclusion. We are not currently collecting student works.

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How do I know if I have the rights to include my works in the repository?

For a work to be included in the Emory Law Scholarly Commons, the author must either hold the copyright, have reserved the right to publicly post the work in an open access institutional repository, or have obtained permission from the publisher to post the work. Publisher policies are checked against the SHERPA RoMEO database, but please note that not all publishers or journals are accurately or completely represented there.

Publication agreements with student-edited law school journals generally include a reservation of rights to post and share based on the AALS Model Author/Journal Agreement. See Ass’n of American Law Schools, Proceedings 471-74 (1998).

You may be contacted by the repository administrator with a request to check your author agreement to confirm your rights before inclusion of your works can be completed.

The following resources provide further information about author rights and publisher agreements:

If you have other questions about rights and repository inclusion policies, please contact the Scholarly Commons administrator.

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