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What to Look for in Publisher Copyright Agreement Forms?

February 11th, 2008 by Cathy · No Comments

There is a wide range of rights that authors can opt to retain or those granted to authors by publishers. Some of these rights include:

• use part of the work as a basis for a future publication
• send copies of the work to colleagues
• comply with the NIH Public Access Policy or other funding agency policies
• present the work at conference or meeting and give copies of the work to attendees
• use a different or extended version of the work for a future publication
• make copies of the work for personal use and educational use
• self-archive the work in an institutional repository
• use graphs, charts, and statistical data for a future publication
• post the work on a laboratory or institutional website on a restricted network
• post the work on a laboratory or institutional website on a publicly available network
• use the work for educational use such as lecture notes or study guides
• comply with public access mandates
• deposit supplemental data from the work in an institutional or subject repository
• place a copy of the work on electronic reserves or use for student course-packs
• include the work in future derivative works
• make an oral presentation of the work
• include the work in a dissertation or thesis
• use the work in a compilation of works or collected works
• expand the work into a book form or book chapter
• retain patent and trademark rights of processes or procedures contained in the work

However, some rights may come with stipulations for use, which vary among publishers. Authors are encouraged to review the publisher copyright agreement form before signing to confirm that the rights they wish to retain or the rights granted upfront by the publisher and the stipulations for use, are outlined on the form. If not, authors should seek clarification from the publisher before signing. To see examples of rights and stipulations as found on various publisher copyright agreement forms please refer to Phrases to Look for in Publisher Copyright Agreement Forms.

One notable example of a publisher that allows authors to retain a number of rights without the author needing to specifically retain the rights or to request permission to do so is Elsevier. See the Elsevier Authors’ Rights page for more information.

Categories: Author Rights, Authors at WU, Copyright, NIH Public Access Policy, Support for Authors

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