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Monday, February 21, 2011


Ethics CORE is the core project of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE). Ethics CORE is funded by the National Science Foundation to provide an online ethics resource center. Its audiences include students and practitioners with questions about research ethics, faculty members offering ethics instruction, administrators seeking best practices and scholars of research integrity. All materials available on Ethics CORE are available without charge to users of the site.

Materials on Ethics CORE fall into categories:

1) Those deposited (uploaded to the site) by their creators for open access by users of Ethics CORE;

2) Commissioned white papers and entries in the Professional and Research Ethics Review, the Ethics CORE online interactive reference encyclopedia of research, pedagogy, opinion and policy;

3) Publicly available items gathered in our central repository;

4) Partner­-organization generated items; partner organizations include Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), the National Academic of Engineering (NAE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and others. Each of these materials is labeled by their source; and

5) NCPRE--certified materials that have undergone peer review; these materials may have their origins in any of the categories listed above.

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Intellectual Property Ownership

All material posted on Ethics CORE is uploaded to the Ethics CORE site at www.nationalethicscenter.org. The terms and conditions of placing material into the Collaborative Online Resource Environment follow the terms of Creative Commons attribution-- nonCommercial--ShareAlike 3.0 licenses.

This license allows people to use your work for non--commercial purposes, but they must attribute you as a source, and they must share any derivative works they create from your original work, using the same license terms. Offering your work under a CC license does not mean giving up your copyright. It means making your work available to any member of the public with conditions attached to it, including that your name always stays with your work and that no commercial uses may be made without your permission. You may offer your work on Ethics CORE under a non­-commercial license and still grant commercial licenses separately, on a case­-by­-case basis.

For further information on Creative Commons visit the Creative Commons homepage.

From the Creative Commons FAQ:

What if I change my mind?

You may always change your mind and ask for materials you have posted on Ethics CORE to be removed. Please note, though, this will not withdraw any copies of your work that already exist under a Creative Commons license from circulation, be they verbatim copies, copies included in collective works and/or adaptations of your work. Creative Commons licenses are non--revocable. This means that you cannot stop someone who earlier obtained your work under a Creative Commons license, whether from our site or any other, from using the work according to that license. Thus, while you can stop distributing your work under a Creative Commons license at any time you wish, that will not stop any previously--posted material from being used by those who have copies. Please think carefully when choosing a Creative Commons license to make sure that you are happy with people using your work consistent with the terms of the license, even if you later stop distributing your work.

Do Creative Commons licenses affect fair use, fair dealing or other exceptions to copyright?

No. All jurisdictions allow some uses of copyrighted material without permission, such as quotation, current--affairs reporting, or parody, although these vary from country to country. These are not dependent on the license and so cannot be affected by it. To make this clear, all of our licenses include this or similar language: Nothing in this license is intended to reduce, limit, or restrict any rights arising from fair use, first sale or other limitations on the exclusive rights of the copyright owner under copyright law or other applicable laws. Thus, regardless of the jurisdiction a user is in, our licenses do not affect a user's right to use or allow use of content under copyright exceptions.

How does the Creative Commons license relate to copyright agreements with a journal? If I publish an article in a journal and grant the copyright to the journal, may I still post a pdf of the article on Ethics CORE?

Only with permission of the journal. If you assign your copyright to any other entity, including a journal, all future uses must follow the terms of the agreement you signed. Please consult your journal and/or our digital librarian for assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . What happens if someone misuses my Creative Commons--licensed work? Under the terms, a Creative Commons license terminates automatically if someone uses your work contrary to the license terms. This means that, if a person uses your work under a Creative Commons license and they, for example, fail to attribute your work in the manner you specified, then they no longer have the right to continue to use your work. This only applies in relation to the person in breach of the license; it does not apply generally to the other people who use your work under a Creative Commons license and comply with its terms.

To take action against a person misusing your work obtained under a Creative Commons license, you should contact the person or organization and notify them that the license is terminated according to its terms. This is often effective in stopping the misuse. After that, notifying the institution or webhosting site can also be effective. Ethics CORE and the Creative Commons organization are not set up to enforce the terms of the licenses.

NATIONAL
CENTER
FOR
PROFESSIONAL
AND
RESEARCH
ETHICS
ETHICS
CORE:
A
COLLABORATIVE
ONLINE
RESOURCE
ENVIRONMENT
Policy
and
Procedures
for
Depositing
Materials
Ethics
CORE
is
the
core
project
of
the
National
Center
for
Professional
and
Research
Ethics
(NCPRE).
Ethics
CORE
is
funded
by
the
National
Science
Foundation
to
provide
an
online
ethics
resource
center.
Its
audiences
include
students
and
practitioners
with
questions
about
research
ethics,
faculty
members
offering
ethics
instruction,
administrators
seeking
best
practices
and
scholars
of
research
integrity.
All
materials
available
on
Ethics
CORE
are
available
without
charge
to
users
of
the
site.
Materials
on
Ethics
CORE
fall
into
categories:
1) Those
deposited
(uploaded
to
the
site)
by
their
creators
for
open
access
by
users
of
Ethics
CORE;
2)
Commissioned
white
papers
and
entries
in
the
Professional
and
Research
Ethics
Review,
the
Ethics
CORE
online
interactive
reference
encyclopedia
of
research,
pedagogy,
opinion
and
policy;
3) Publicly
available
items
gathered
in
our
central
repository;
4)Partner-organization
generated
items;
partner
organizations
include
Public
Responsibility
in
Medicine
and
Research
(PRIM&R),
the
National
Academic
of
Engineering
(NAE),
the
American
Association
for
the
Advancement
of
Science
(AAAS)
and
others.
Each
of
these
materials
is
labeled
by
their
source;
and
5)NCPRE-certified
materials
that
have
undergone
peer
review;
these
materials
may
have
their
origins
in
any
of
the
categories
listed
above.
Ethics
CORE
welcomes
submission
of
materials
that:
â?¢
Can
be
used
in
ethics
instruction
â?¢
Contribute
to
the
scholarly
literature
on
research
ethics
or
instruction
â?¢
Assist
students
and
practitioners
in
approaching
or
resolving
ethical
challenges
in
research
or
professional
life
â?¢ Provide
information
for
administrators
on
best
practices
and
implementation
of
RCR
programs
â?¢
Are
relevant
and
helpful
to
those
with
interests
in
research
and
professional
ethics.
All
content
on
the
Ethics
CORE
is
moderated
so
will
be
reviewed
for
suitability
before
it
becomes
publicly
available.
Ethics
CORE
is
not
a
data
repository
and
cannot
accept
most
data
sets.
Please
look
at
resources
on
the
site
for
information
on
meeting
the
new
federal
data
management
requirements.
Open
data
sets
relevant
to
presenting
ethics
instruction
and
best
practices
will
be
considered;
please
contact
our
digital
librarians
at
the
contact
address
below
for
more
information.
Contact
Information:
For
more
information,
please
contact
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Monday,
February
21,
2011
Procedures:
Use
the
link
for
â??Upload
Content�
under
the
â??Get
Involved�
heading
on
the
first
page.
Intellectual
Property
Ownership
All
material
posted
on
Ethics
CORE
is
uploaded
to
the
Ethics
CORE
site
at
www.nationalethicscenter.org.
The
terms
and
conditions
of
placing
material
into
the
Collaborative
Online
Resource
Environment
follow
the
terms
of
Creative
Commons
attribution-
nonCommercial-ShareAlike
3.0
licenses:
This
license
allows
people
to
use
your
work
for
non-commercial
purposes,
but
they
must
attribute
you
as
a
source,
and
they
must
share
any
derivative
works
they
create
from
your
original
work,
using
the
same
license
terms.
Offering
your
work
under
a
CC
license
does
not
mean
giving
up
your
copyright.
It
means
making
your
work
available
to
any
member
of
the
public
with
conditions
attached
to
it,
including
that
your
name
always
stays
with
your
work
and
that
no
commercial
uses
may
be
made
without
your
permission.
You
may
offer
your
work
on
Ethics
CORE
under
a
non-commercial
license
and
still
grant
commercial
licenses
separately,
on
a
case-by-case
basis.
For
further
information
on
Creative
Commons
visit
the
Creative
Commons
homepage.
From
the
Creative
Commons
FAQ:
What
if
I
change
my
mind?
You
may
always
change
your
mind
and
ask
for
materials
you
have
posted
on
Ethics
CORE
to
be
removed.
Please
note,
though,
this
will
not
withdraw
any
copies
of
your
work
that
already
exist
under
a
Creative
Commons
license
from
circulation,
be
they
verbatim
copies,
copies
included
in
collective
works
and/or
adaptations
of
your
work.
Creative
Commons
licenses
are
non-revocable.
This
means
that
you
cannot
stop
someone
who
earlier
obtained
your
work
under
a
Creative
Commons
license,
whether
from
our
site
or
any
other,
from
using
the
work
according
to
that
license.
Thus,
while
you
can
stop
distributing
your
work
under
a
Creative
Commons
license
at
any
time
you
wish,
that
will
not
stop
any
previously-posted
material
from
being
used
by
those
who
have
copies.
Please
think
carefully
when
choosing
a
Creative
Commons
license
to
make
sure
that
you
are
happy
with
people
using
your
work
consistent
with
the
terms
of
the
license,
even
if
you
later
stop
distributing
your
work.
Do
Creative
Commons
licenses
affect
fair
use,
fair
dealing
or
other
exceptions
to
copyright?
No.
All
jurisdictions
allow
some
uses
of
copyrighted
material
without
permission,
such
as
quotation,
current-affairs
reporting,
or
parody,
although
these
vary
from
country
to
country.
These
are
not
dependent
on
the
license
and
so
cannot
be
affected
by
it.
To
make
this
clear,
all
of
our
licenses
include
this
or
similar
language:
Nothing
in
this
license
is
intended
to
reduce,
limit,
or
restrict
any
rights
arising
from
fair
use,
first
sale
or
other
limitations
on
the
exclusive
rights
of
the
copyright
owner
under
copyright
law
or
other
applicable
laws.
Thus,
regardless
of
the
jurisdiction
a
user
is
in,
our
licenses
do
not
affect
a
user's
right
to
use
or
allow
use
of
content
under
copyright
exceptions.
Monday,
February
21,
2011
How
does
the
Creative
Commons
license
relate
to
copyright
agreements
with
a
journal?
If
I
publish
an
article
in
a
journal
and
grant
the
copyright
to
the
journal,
may
I
still
post
a
pdf
of
the
article
on
Ethics
CORE?
Only
with
permission
of
the
journal.
If
you
assign
your
copyright
to
any
other
entity,
including
a
journal,
all
future
uses
must
follow
the
terms
of
the
agreement
you
signed.
Please
consult
your
journal
and/or
our
digital
librarian
for
assistance
at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
What
happens
if
someone
misuses
my
Creative
Commons-licensed
work?
Under
the
terms,
a
Creative
Commons
license
terminates
automatically
if
someone
uses
your
work
contrary
to
the
license
terms.
This
means
that,
if
a
person
uses
your
work
under
a
Creative
Commons
license
and
they,
for
example,
fail
to
attribute
your
work
in
the
manner
you
specified,
then
they
no
longer
have
the
right
to
continue
to
use
your
work.
This
only
applies
in
relation
to
the
person
in
breach
of
the
license;
it
does
not
apply
generally
to
the
other
people
who
use
your
work
under
a
Creative
Commons
license
and
comply
with
its
terms.
To
take
action
against
a
person
misusing
your
work
obtained
under
a
Creative
Commons
license,
you
should
contact
the
person
or
organization
and
notify
them
that
the
license
is
terminated
according
to
its
terms.
This
is
often
effective
in
stopping
the
misuse.
After
that,
notifying
the
institution
or
webhosting
site
can
also
be
effective.
Ethics
CORE
and
the
Creative
Commons
organization
are
not
set
up
to
enforce
the
terms
of
the