As an author you retain copyright of your work as soon as the work is in a fixed, tangible medium. Copyright is a bundle of various rights that allows you as the holder to retain ownership and rights as to the use, dissemination, display, and modification of the work in digital or print format in connection with academic and professional activities. You are encouraged to anticipate your future needs and to retain the rights you may need in order to optimize dissemination of your research. In today’s digital world, the right to disseminate and reuse the work is almost as important as the content itself. Some of these rights include:
You can determine a publisher's copyright policy in several ways:
The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons.
With the development of standardized author addenda, authors now have a standardized legal instrument that modifies the publisher's agreement and allows the author to keep key rights. In addition to the SPARC Addendum, see:
AUTHOR RIGHTS AND ADDENDA (from OAsis)
Includes examples of individual institutions' addenda developed for their own researchers.
More resources include: