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This guide provides an overview of scholarly communication and services provided by F.D. Bluford Library to support the creation, evaluation, dissemination, and preservation of the University's scholarly output.
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Authors' Rights

When authors sign traditional copyright agreements with commercial publishers, they usually are denied the right to use their own works later in teaching, sharing research, and future publications. Such limitations include distributing copies of their own works to students or peers, using their works in course packs, using their works in new or derivative publications, or posting articles on their own Web sites or in repositories. By signing a traditional author agreement without an addendum and giving away all rights, the author must get special permission or pay a fee (often a significant sum) to use the original work later.

The purpose of these addenda is to help authors be aware of the possibilities for retaining certain rights to their works.

Resources for Authors

  • Beall’s List:
    A list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.
  • Know your Copyrights
    Searchable interface for information on publisher's polices on self-archiving.
  • Scholarly Communications Toolkit - Author's Right
    The Author's Rights section of the Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides an overview of the topic, a list of general resources and sample addenda for publisher contracts.
  • Scholarly Copyright Addendum Engine,
    The Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine will help you generate a PDF form that you can attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights.
    SHERPA/RoMEO provides a summary of publisher's policies on copyright and self-archiving of journal articles.
  • SPARC: Author Addendum
    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, established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors.

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