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Retaining your Author Rights   Tags: articles, authors, books, copyright, intellectual property, publishing, repositories, writing  

Guide for tools that you can use to negotiate with publishers to ensure that you research is available to other researchers
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Know Your Rights as the Author


Search Publisher Policies

Search the Serpa site for a journal you are considering publishing in to find out whether they support self archiving in local repositories.


Local Repositories


*When you submit to YSU’s resository, it will also be searchable in the OhioLink DRC

YSU Institutional Repository (DSpace)

To submit your work go to the URL above

1.    Under My Account on the right side of the screen, choose register

2.    Enter your YSU email address and wait for the email with instructions

3.    Follow the link in your email to complete registration

4.    Once you are logged in choose the Submissions link under My Account


Tips for Negotiating with Publishers

Negotiating a Publication Contract

Note from the American Chemical Society Publications

“The American Chemical Society does allow its authors to choose to have their works openly accessible immediately after publication. But so far, though the American Chemical Society publishes about 35,000 studies per year in its 41 journals, authors have only asked for open access for less than 2,000 papers, King said.”


§  Manage Your Copyrights by Dr. Kenneth Crews, Columbia University (5 min.).

§  Bargaining for Better Publication Agreement by Dr. Kenneth Crews, Columbia University (25 min.).

§  Managing Your Rights as an Author, SPARC (2 min.)

Author Rights step by step from SPARC and the Association of Research Libraries


Using an Addendum to Retain your Rights

1. Complete the addendum.
2. Print a copy of the addendum and attach it to your publishing agreement.
3. Note in a cover letter to your publisher that you have included an addendum to the agreement.
4. Mail the addendum with your publishing agreement and a cover letter to your publisher.

Example Addendums to publishing agreements


Local Intellectual Property Policies

YSU Policy on Intellectual Property Rights

“Employee Owned:  Intellectual property privately created, made or originated by a faculty member, employee, or student, without use of University facilities, shall be the sole and exclusive property of the creator(s), except as he or she may voluntarily choose to transfer such property, in full, or in part.”

YSU Handbook on Intellectual Property Rights

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National Initiatives

Government Requirements that can help

NIH Public Access Policy (This policy applies to anyone who is granted funds from the NIH for their research)

If your goal is simply to secure the right to deposit your article in NIH’s PubMed Central, NIH suggests inserting the following language into the publisher’s agreement:

“Journal acknowledges that Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to NIH, upon acceptance for Journal publication or thereafter, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible after publication by Journal.”


The SPARC Initiative from the Assocaition of College and Research Libraries


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