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Publishing Guide

Publishing information and resources for Rasmussen University faculty and staff.

Copyright Information

Basics of Copyright and Permission

Learn about copyright and permission, including how to identify copyrighted material, ask for permission to use it, and correctly document permission to use such material in your own work.

Academic Writer

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Information to guide writers in decisions about using copyright-protected resources is located in the Copyright Toolkit (screenshot of homepage below).

Content included in the Copyright Toolkit:

  • Individual pages with copyright information for each type of resource (articles, videos, eBooks, etc.) you may wish to use. Content included within these pages:
    • Copyright scenarios
    • Recommended Library databases to use in place of copyright-protected resources
    • Open access resources/sites
    • Flowcharts to provide a visual understanding of how to determine use for each type of resource
    • Sites for purchasing licenses or access
    • Link to the Copyright Permission Request Form
  • Information on Fair Use
  • Information on Copyright Law
  • Creative Commons information

Copyright Toolkit text and a toolbox with tools


Contact if you have reviewed the content in the Copyright Toolkit, but still have a question about the use of a specific resource.

Works for Hire

Works created in the course of employment are considered "work for hire".  Section 201 (b) of the US Copyright Law states "In the case of a work made for hire, the employer or other person for whom the work was prepared is considered the author for purposes of this title, and, unless the parties have expressly agreed otherwise in a written instrument signed by them, owns all of the rights comprised in the copyright." 

Review Rasmussen University's Faculty Contract for additional information about "work for hire".

Authorship and Author Rights

How to Determine Authorship

Learn about authorship, including how to clearly define what it means to be an author and who deserves such credit, understand the rewards and responsibilities of authorship, abide by common standards by which to determine the order of authors, and resolve authorship-related conflicts.

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Author Identification

Use ORCID to establish a persistent digital identifier to ensure all of your work is attributed to and associated with your name (even if your name changes) and not someone with a similar name.