“Be a responsible steward of your intellectual property. Retain vital rights for you and your readers while authorizing publishing activities that benefit everyone by making scholarship more widely available.”
— Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
What can authors do? Librarians are happy to help with the process!
- Negotiate with the publishers to retain explicit ownership of your content (Author's 5 Basic Rights)
- Transfer, via an author addendum, to the publisher only those rights needed for publication.
- Specify other rights of particular value to you or your home institution
- Consider publishing with an organization that will facilitate the widest dissemination of your work in order to help you fulfill your personal and professional goals as a scholar.