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-Adapted from this list
The resuable files and examples were developed by Ann Viera to make the paper version of the Author's Rights Retention Kit for the UT College of Veterinary medicine authors.
Alternate versions created for Agriculture can be found here.
1. Scrutinize the Copyright Transfer Agreement
2. Negotiate with the Publisher: transferring copyright doesn't have to be all or nothing
Publishers require only the author’s permission to publish an article, not a wholesale transfer of copyright.
Use Sherpa/Romeo to quickly find publishers' policies when deciding where to publish and what rights you'll need to negotiate.
Use the How Open Is It? guide to make informed decisions about where to publish based on publishers' policies.
Use the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine to generate a cusomized addendum to your publisher's contract, reserving the rights you need.
Toll Access publishers’ contracts restrict an author's use of published work in teaching and research. Contracts may prohibit placing the final version publisher's pdf:
Some publishers anticipate an author's legitimate need to distribute and repurpose his/her work and no longer require exclusive rights to publication.
About embargos: Some publishers balance their interest in recouping publishing costs with the author’s desire to disseminate their ideas broadly, placing an embargo, usually 6-12 months, on the author's ability to place the publisher's pdf in a digital archive.
"Experts on copyright law and scholarly publishing discuss how scholars and researchers can take full advantage of opportunities afforded by digital technology in today's legal environment."
MU Libraries Subject Specialists are available to consult on copyright or other scholarly publishing questions.
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