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Enter basic information about your article and generate a printable addendum to your publishing agreement in one easy step. Produced by Science Commons, the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine features an updated version of the SPARC Author Addendum.
Sharing enables new research to build on earlier findings. It not only fuels the further advancement of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers. In the digital world, the ways we share and use scholarly material are expanding — rapidly, fundamentally, irreversibly.
Online archives of universities, colleges, funding agencies, and other institutions — known as “repositories” — are key components of the emerging digital research infrastructure and can help ensure the widest possible sharing of your works. These repositories collect, preserve, and provide free, unrestricted online access to all types of institutional research outputs — seamlessly linking data, knowledge, and scholars. Read more...
The Internet has brought unparalleled opportunities for expanding the availability of research by bringing down economic and physical barriers to sharing. To take advantage of these opportunities and to further their mission of creating, preserving, and disseminating knowledge, many academic institutions are taking steps to capture the benefits of Open Access by building digital repositories to distribute faculty scholarly articles and other research outputs. Learn more...
The new Create Change Web site (http://www.createchange.org), revised in June 2006, is based around the idea that the ways faculty share and use academic research results are changing rapidly and irreversibly. By posing the question, “Shouldn’t the way we share research be as advanced as the Internet?” the site outlines how faster and wider sharing of journal articles, research data, simulations, syntheses, analyses, and other findings fuels the advance of knowledge. It also offers practical ways faculty can look out for their own interests as researchers.
This one hour webcast is designed to help librarians better engage disciplinary faculty and researchers on the topic of author rights. Learn the basic issues and understand outreach strategies.
Now available via SPARC podcast, this forum offers perspectives on copyright from a librarian, publisher, and an attorney – and is a great introduction to the topic of author rights. Michael Carroll’s talk from the attorney perspective, for example, makes clear that “as soon as the author’s finished typing, federal law showers down upon the author a set of exclusive rights…the author does not transfer any exclusive rights until the author signs a document.”
Practical guidance when submitting journal articles.
Among the topics covered in the brochure are: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes.
Institutions and organizations across the world are leading initiatives to inform authors in all disciplines about their rights and how to retain them. A sample is presented here.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently requests that NIH-funded researchers deposit a copy of manuscripts stemming from their research into PubMed Central, within twelve months of the article's publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
As an author, you have the power not only to retain rights to distribute your work, but also to choose a publication that will support its widespread distribution. Consider Alternative Publishing Options available here, as well as the list of SPARC Partners when you next seek to publish an article.
Also consult these helpful resources for authors: