Author Rights

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.

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.

This SPARC / Science Commons white paper discusses both the motivation and the process for establishing a binding institutional policy that automatically grants a copyright license from each faculty member to permit deposit of his or her peer-reviewed scholarly articles in institutional repositories, from which the works become available for others to read and cite.

Relationships are changing due to the rise of digital publishing in academia. In order to maximize the value of the research you produce in this new environment, it is important for you to take an active role in managing the copyrights to your work.

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. To recommend additions to this list, email sparc [at] arl [dot] org.

This page lists alternative publishing options for authors to make their work openly available online.

Digital repositories are typically administered by libraries, which make use of the existing library infrastructure and technology to host the repository and provide support for the academic community.

Text of the SPARC Author Addendum, which allows researchers to keep certain rights to their work such as the right to redistribute.

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