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Open Access

Who benefits?

Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community. In the past, this required print publication. Today you have other options, like online archiving, but the publication agreement you’ll likely encounter will actually prevent broad
distribution of your work.

You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author.

Why? According to the traditional publication agreement, all rights —including copyright — go to the journal. You probably want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you had the choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement. Retain these critical rights by including an addendum to the publication agreement.


Creative Commons

Author addendums - retain your copyright

Download an addendum generator here.

Example Author Addendums:

University of Michigan (pdf)

MIT (pdf)

Science Commons:

Access Reuse (pdf)

Delayed Access (pdf)

Immediate Access (pdf)

University of Wisconsin addendum template

Harvard addendum template

More Resources for Author's Rights

Author's Rights resources from University of the Whitwatersrand

UCLA Library: working with publishers to keep your rights.

Examples of good license embedding

UW - steps and options for managing your copyrights

CSUSM - resources for: 

  • Amending the publisher contract
  • Creating your own copyright documentation
  • Open Access Publishing

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. CC provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

About the licenses

Good license embedding examples here!

Creative Commons licenses explained - video

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