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Researcher Resources for Publishing & Learning

Understand your rights

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), authors are increasingly empowered to make decisions concerning their scholarly work.  When you publish in a traditional (subscription access) journal, you will sign over some or all of your copyrights to the publisher. It is your responsibility to scrutinize any publication agreements and to negotiate any rights.  Read SPARC's complete author rights brochure:


Publishing in a journal that is NOT OA?

The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that you can use to modify your copyright transfer agreements with non-open access journal publishers. It allows you to select which individual rights out of the bundle of copyrights you want to keep, such as:

  • Distributing copies in the course of teaching and research
  • Posting the article on a personal or institutional Web site, or
  • Creating derivative works.

Download it here: