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Author Guidelines

At the current time, the English 302 OER collection accepts submissions from present or past instructors of English 302 at George Mason University. We may in the future accept submissions from instructors of similar courses at other institutions, and welcome correspondence from anyone who falls into that category. 

The core documents (assignment prompts, activity instructions, etc.) associated with any item submitted to the collection should be either the original work of the submitter or a substantial adaptation, revision,  remix, or other reworking of existing OER by the submitter. 

Activities or assignments submitted to the collection should have been tested and revised over the course of at least three terms.  

All components of an item submitted to the collection must carry a Creative Commons license.  Abstracts and Instructor's Notes will automatically be assigned a CC-BY license.  Other files may carry a variety of licenses  depending on their role in the submission.  All files that include adaptions or remixes of material by someone other than the submitter must carry an attribution statement giving credit to the author(s) of the preexisting material.  Please see Licensing and Attribution Guidelines for detailed information about these subjects. 

Please see Preparing Your Submission for detailed instructions.  

If anything in the linked documents is unclear or confusing, feel free to comment on the document (and if you have any questions, feel free to email Cathy or Psyche).

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The assignment or activity around which the submission centers has been tested and revised over the course of at least three terms of teaching English 302 at George Mason University.
  2. The assignment or activity around which the submission centers has been tested and revised over the course of at least three terms of teaching English 302 at George Mason University.
  3. The submitter is the sole author of the abstract and instructor’s notes and the documents (assignments, handouts, etc.) that form the core of the submission OR the submitter has given credit via attribution statement(s) to any prior authors whose work is adapted, revised, or remixed in the core documents AND has written permission from those authors, and from anyone else who holds copyright or other licensing rights in the material, to distribute the preexisting work to the public via the English 302 OER collection. Such permission may be granted either via an existing license attached to the material or via correspondence.   If permission to license has been obtained via correspondence, please include a file containing a copy of that correspondence with this submission. If you can no longer identify the author of remixed material beyond knowing that the material came from a member of the English 302 instructor community, please indicate that in your attribution statement.
  4. The submitter has attached one of the allowed licenses (CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-SA, or CC-BY-NC-SA) to each of the core documents in the submission.
  5. The submitter has ensured that any supporting documents (readings, examples, etc.) created by someone other than the submitter are either in the public domain, and marked as such,  or bear a creative commons license issued by the original creator or copyright holder and an attribution statement identifying the original source of the material (including, if applicable, a url).
  6. Files containing instructor’s notes  or core material are in Microsoft Word or RTF format (or, in the case of multimedia files, in another format that maximizes ease of editing on a variety of platforms). Supporting documents may be in PDF or other formats that are more difficult to edit.
  7. Each file that will be uploaded has been given a short title that follows the conventions in the “preparing your submission” document, the file name has been changed to match that short title, and the short title has been inserted, flush left, on the first line of the document.
  8. Instructor’s notes refer to other files that will be uploaded by their short titles, and include at least a brief description of the function of each of the files.
 

Copyright Notice

The collection is currently under construction, and will eventually contain a more detailed copyright notice.  This is a temporary notice laying out the basics:

--Contributors warrant that abstract, instructor's notes, and core documents (assignment, activity, etc.) are their own original work, or that they have acknowledged borrowing of others' work in core documents in their attribution statements. 

--Contributors agree that abstracts and instructor's notes will be distributed under a CC-BY license. 

--Contributors agree to attach one of the approved licenses (CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-SA, or CC-BY-NC-SA)to core and supporting documents that they have created or remixed. 

--Contributors warrant that they have preserved the original licensing on any preexisting OER submitted as supporting document (or, if necessary, have added information about the original license and source of the OER). 

--Contributors retain copyright of any original work submitted to the collection

 

--Users are welcome to make any use of content in the collection that is allowed under the license attached to the content.  Content published under a CC-BY license can be shared and adapted. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. The NC, SA, and ND attributes add additional restrictions, which are explained on the Creative Commons website

 

The material below still needs to be revised to fit the particular circumstances of this collection, and so may not be entirely accurate:

Author Copyright Agreement

Corresponding Author’s Grant of Rights

If the Work is accepted for publication, the Corresponding Author grants to the Journal, during the full term of copyright and any extensions or renewals to that term, the following:

  • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to reproduce, republish, transmit, distribute, and otherwise use the Work in electronic and print editions of the Journal and in all editions throughout the world, in all languages, and in all media now know and later developed. This does not include the right to sell the content or sell access to the content.

  • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to create and store electronic archival copies of the Work. This includes the right to deposit the Work in open access digital repositories, including but not limited to preservation copies. The Publisher will provide long-term access to the Work in the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS), using the same copyright license as it was published under in the Journal.

  • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to license others to reproduce, republish, transmit, remix, rework, and distribute the Work, under the condition that the Authors are attributed.

  • The Journal will communicate this right to users by applying a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license to the work.


Copyright of the Work remains with the Author(s).


Corresponding Author’s Duties

  • Upon acceptance of the Work, the Author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.

  • When distributing or re-publishing the Work, the Corresponding Author agrees to credit the Journal as the place of first publication. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the Work (e.g., post it on the Author’s website or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  • The Corresponding Author agrees to inform the Journal of any changes in contact information.

Corresponding Author’s Warranty

  • The Corresponding Author represents and warrants that the Work is the Author’s original work and that it does not violate or infringe the law or the rights of any third party. Specifically, the Corresponding Author warrants that the Work contains no matter that is defamatory or libelous, or that infringes any literary or proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, or any rights of privacy.

  • The Corresponding Author warrants that the Author(s) have not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party.

  • The Corresponding Author warrants that the Work has not been previously published.

  • The Corresponding Author also warrants that he or she has the full power to make this agreement, and if the Work was prepared jointly, the Corresponding Author agrees to inform all additional Authors of the terms of this Agreement. The Corresponding Author agrees to hold the Journal harmless from any breach of the aforestated representations.

The Journal’s Duties

In consideration of the Author’s grant of rights, the Journal agrees to publish the Work and make the content available online, freely accessible to all, attributing the Work to the Authors.

Use of Content

Content published under a CC-BY license can be shared and adapted. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

 

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