Policies for Lux


Lux is the digital home for the scholarly and creative works of the Lawrence University community. Lux brings these resources together in one place to collect, preserve, and provide long-term access to them. This is an evolving repository whose scope may change over time.


Examples of content:

  • Annual Report
  • Article
  • Conference Proceeding
  • Honors Project
  • Oral History

Adding Content

Members of the Lawrence community interested in submitting materials should consult with the Lux coordinator at . Appropriate content may be added following the guidelines below:

  1. The work must be original, produced and submitted, or sponsored by a faculty, staff, student, organization, or department of Lawrence University.
  2. The work must be creative, scholarly in nature, research oriented, or of institutional significance.
  3. The author must own copyright to all components and content within the work, or have received and show permission to have the material available in Lux.
  4. The author or representative of the organization or department must sign a permission form prior to material being available online, granting Lawrence the right to distribute and preserve the material via Lux.
  5. At the discretion of the author material may be available only on the Lawrence University campus.
  6. There is no formal limit to size of material.
  7. Most file formats are acceptable.

Author Rights

  1. The author retains the copyright for all works submitted.
  2. The author is free to reuse the content, but it is his/her responsibility to check the terms of the publication agreement if a document published in Lux is published elsewhere.

User Rights

  1. All users must respect the intellectual property rights of the author.
  2. Material may be downloaded for educational and research purposes provided due recognition is given to the author.
  3. Material may not be copied, distributed, displayed, altered, or used for commercial purposes, unless specified by Creative Commons License.
  4. If you have questions about permitted uses for any content in this database, please .
  5. Withdrawal of Content

    Lux is a permanent repository. Once deposited, an item will not typically be withdrawn unless removal is legally required.

    Preservation and Format Support Policy

    The Library will use standard data management practices to protect the items stored in Lux. The database will be backed up regularly and will be kept secure against unauthorized deletion or modification.

    Lux can accept many file formats. The long-term preservation of the complete and original functionality of certain file formats, however, may not be practical or possible. Digital files depend on the availability of the appropriate software to render the functions and appearance intended by the file’s creator; over time older software applications may no longer function on new computer platforms, leaving the files created with those applications inoperable. The level of access that the Library can assure to items stored in Lux may therefore range from preservation of the full functionality and appearance of the original file to preservation of only the bit stream with no assurance that the file’s original functionality or appearance can be recreated.

    In general, files created with open or non-proprietary software offer the greatest likelihood that their functionality and appearance can continue to be rendered as computer environments change. Creators of digital content are urged to carefully consider the implications of choosing one or another file format or software application, and to balance the importance of the functions provided by a software application against the importance of being able to preserve those functions over a period of years or decades.

    A table of file formats can be found here. It is recommended that those depositing content in Lux use formats in the left-hand column if at all possible, and consider methods for converting files with low probability to formats with higher probability.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Is it okay to scan the printed page to a PDF file?

    Yes--scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository. There are two ways to scan a page: using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) or scanning the page as an image. Making OCR scans requires careful proofreading and loses the original formatting of the documents. Image scans cannot be searched. The best solution takes advantage of both of these methods. Many software applications allow for the OCR capture of image scans. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.

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    When I copy and paste abstracts into the Submit form, some formatted text reverts to plain text. What's going on?

    When copying abstracts from a word processing file or a PDF file, and pasting the text into the submission form, you are taking text from an environment that supports fonts and text style changes. Because the abstract is intended to be presented on the web, text styles must be specified using HTML codes.

    If submitting an abstract in HTML format, please be sure to select the corresponding option on the submission form.

    The following HTML tags are recognized by the system and may be used to format an abstract (use lowercase tags):

    How to include HTML tags

    HTML tags
    <p> - paragraph
    <p>This is the first paragraph.</p>
    <p>This is the second paragraph.</p>

    This is the first paragraph.

    This is the second paragraph.

    <br /> - line break
    <p>This is a line of text with a linebreak here. <br /> This is text after</p>

    This is a line of text with a linebreak here.
    This is text after

    <strong> - strong/bold
    <strong>bold text</strong>

    bold text

    <em> - italics/emphasis
    <em>italicized text</em>

    italicized text

    <sub> - subscript
    Text with <sub>subscript</sub>

    Text with subscript

    <sup> - superscript
    Text with <sup>superscript</sup>

    Text with superscript

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    How do I include accents and special characters in the abstracts and titles?

    The repository software supports the worldwide character set (Unicode, utf-8). Accents, symbols, and other special characters may be copied and pasted into the abstract or title field from a word processing file or typed in directly. Windows users may also use the Character Map to insert these characters. Macintosh users may use the Character Palette (available via Edit > Special Characters in the Finder).

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    How do I revise a submission?

    To revise a submission that has been posted to the repository, contact the repository administrator with the new version. Please note that Honors Projects are loaded in their final form and can not be revised.

    If the submission has been submitted, but not yet posted, you may revise it via your My Account page:

    1. Locate the article on your My Account page, and click the title.
    2. Click Revise Submission from the list of options in the left sidebar.
    3. Enter your changes in the Revise Submission form, and click Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your changes. (You only need to modify the portion of the form that corresponds to the changes you wish to make.)

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    How can I submit a multi-part file, such as multiple chapters for a book?

    Combine all the sections together as one Microsoft Word file or PDF file and submit that.

    To make one PDF file from multiple files, open the first PDF file, then choose Document>Insert Pages from Acrobat's menus to insert the second file (indicate it should go after the last page of the first file), and repeat for all documents. The result will be one compound PDF file which may then be submitted.

    If you feel that the one large PDF file might be too large for some people to download, we suggest that you submit the consolidated file as the full text of the article, and then upload the separate chapters or sections of the document as Associated Files. These files will appear on the web page alongside the complete document. For more information about uploading associated files, see below.

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    Can I post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) alongside the published article?

    Yes. The bepress system refers to these supplementary items as Associated Files. You will be prompted to submit Associated Files when you upload your submissions. The name of the files you upload will appear on the web site along with your short description of it. Viewers must have the necessary software to open your files; that is not provided by the bepress system.

    Please be sure that there are no permissions issues related to use of the associated material. Sometimes, especially with images, you must write a letter seeking permission to use the material before it can be posted.

    Also note that where possible, items such as images, charts and tables that are referenced in the document (or otherwise an integral part of the document) should be included directly in the article itself and not posted just as associated files.

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    Can I post a reprint from a journal?

    It depends on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with the author. If it would not violate copyright to post the reprint on your repository site, you're welcome to do so. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.

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    A working paper in our repository site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?

    Many journals do not have any restrictions on working papers that preceded an article, especially if substantial revisions were made. You should check your author agreement with the journal to confirm that there is no problem with leaving the working paper on the site. The repository would constitute noncommercial use.

    Assuming the working paper does remain on posted in the repository, it is a good idea to include the citation to the published article on the cover page of the repository working paper. Please contact the repository administrator to request this change.

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