SPARC Introduces Author Rights
Recent developments in the federal legislative arena have drawn attention from the academic community, the media, and the public toward the critical issue of author rights.
The topic has come to the fore with the NIH Public Access Policy (which may be made mandatory in 2007); the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (which expands public access into education, the environment, physics, and countless other fields); the call for access by taxpayers; the emergence of open archives such as PubMed Central, arXiv.org, and hundreds of institutional repositories; and with awareness of the legal complexities of sharing one’s own work with colleagues and students in the digital environment.
These and other questions are heard more and more frequently on campuses. That’s why SPARC has developed Author Rights – an educational initiative that informs faculty across all disciplines about how to use the SPARC Author Addendum to secure their rights as authors of journal articles.
The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that authors may use to modify their publisher agreements, enabling them to keep selected key rights to their articles, such as:
SPARC’s Author Rights brochure identifies the rights faculty have as copyright holders and encourages them to retain the rights they need to ensure the broadest practical access to their articles. It explains how to use the SPARC Author Addendum and even gives tips on what to do if the publisher rejects the Addendum. It also offers specific language authors can insert in a publisher agreement when their article will be deposited in NIH’s PubMed Central.
Please take advantage of this new resource to inform your campus about the key issue of author rights. Here’s how:
We welcome your suggestions for how any of SPARC’s resources might be leveraged, improved, or adapted for your needs. Questions are also welcome. Contact us anytime.
We are strongly encouraged by the many recent developments in the move to improve access to research – including changes in federal policy, but also by increasing pressure from researchers and librarians to create change on a system-wide level. The education and advocacy efforts of librarians like you have played a key role. We hope that the SPARC Author Addendum and Author Rights campaign give you one more tool to reach your faculty and administration.
Thank you, as always, for your role in bringing research and scholarship to more readers.
P.S. – Consider linking from your library home page or scholarly communications page to the SPARC Author Rights Web page at http://www.arl.org/sparc/author/.