About Institutional Repositories

Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University's intellectual output under one umbrella, while creating public access to that content.

AUC Knowledge Fountain (Fount), managed by AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies, collects, preserves, and makes accessible online the scholarly and creative efforts of the AUC community. It hosts research and other work by students, including graduate theses and dissertations; publications and other scholarly and creative endeavors by faculty members; and publications, documentation of events, and other material demonstrating the contributions of AUC departments, research centers, offices, and other units.

The repository operates according to the principles of Open Access, promoting worldwide dissemination of scholarly communication. However, some items may be available only to current AUC students, faculty, and staff or from AUC campus locations, while other items may be subject to an embargo period restricting online access. For more information, please refer to the policies and guidelines for each community and content type in the repository.

Submission Agreement for AUC Knowledge Fountain

Grant of Rights

By submitting material (the "Licensed Material") to AUC Knowledge Fountain, you (the “Licensor”) agree to be bound by the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License, as set out on the website of Creative Commons at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode (the “License”). The terms of that License are herewith incorporated in this agreement.

This License applies for the full Copyright term, and is worldwide, royalty-free, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive, and irrevocable.

Under the terms of that License, the American University in Cairo (the “AUC”) shall have rights to copy, display, perform, distribute, preserve, and/or publish, in whole or in part, in all forms of media now known or hereafter invented, the Licensed Material.


The Licensor will retain Copyright in the Licensed Material and may continue to exercise certain moral, publicity, privacy, and/or other similar personality rights granted by Egyptian law. The exercise of any right granted by law shall in no way limit the rights granted to the AUC, and to any third party, through the Grant of Rights above.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Licensor shall have the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, adapt, and make derivative works of the Licensed Material, for commercial purposes or otherwise.

Additional terms or conditions

Under section 7(a) of the License, the Licensor agrees to be bound by the following additional terms or conditions:

a. Licensor’s Warranties and Representations:

The Licensor warrants that they are the sole and unrestricted owner of the Licensed Material and of all the rights granted by this agreement, and Licensor has not previously assigned, transferred or otherwise encumbered the same.

The Licensed Material does not infringe any statutory or law of copyright or any proprietary right of any third party.

The Licensed Material does not invade the right of privacy of any third person, or contain any matter libelous or otherwise in contravention of the rights of any third person, and, if the Licensed Material is not a work of fiction, all statements in the Licensed Material asserted as facts are true or are based upon reasonable research for accuracy.

The Licensed Material contains no matter which is obscene or matter the publication or sale whereof otherwise violates any federal or state statute or regulation, nor does Licensor's entering into this agreement violate any such statute or regulation, nor is the Licensed Material in any other manner unlawful.

If the Licensor incorporates in the Licensed Material any writings, drawings, photographs or other material, either previously published or not, either by the Licensor or a third party, Licensor warrants having obtained proper and complete written permission and authorization to use the same in the Licensed Material.

The AUC shall be under no obligation to make an independent investigation to determine whether the foregoing warranties and representations are true and correct; and any independent investigation by or for the AUC, or its failure to investigate, shall not constitute a defense to the Licensor in any action based upon a breach of any of the foregoing warranties.

b. Indemnity

The Licensor will indemnify the AUC against loss, injury, or damage including legal costs or expenses properly incurred occasioned to the AUC by any breach by the Licensor of this warranty.

The Licensor shall indemnify and hold the AUC harmless against any loss, liability, damage, cost or expense (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or for the purpose of avoiding any suit, proceeding, claim or demand or the settlement thereof, which may be brought or made against the AUC by reason of the publication, sale, or distribution of, or disposition of rights in respect to the Licensed Material, based on the contents of the Licensed Material.