Author Rights Agreements & Addenda
Author publication agreements may be submitted to your publisher in order to retain rights to make copies of your article or other scholarly/intellectual work (e.g., to use in your courses, on your own web site, and the College's website). For a brief video introduction to this practice, watch here, or take a look at our guide to Retaining Your Rights As An Author.
- An example of an Author Addendum (from SPARC)
(see also below - this form is generated after you input information about your article)
- SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition)
- Science Commons (a project of Creative Commons)
*Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine:
*Enter basic information about your article and generate a printable addendum to your publishing agreement
in one easy step. See the screen shot below as an example.
- Copyright Management Center author addenda
Copyright Advisory Office (Columbia University)
- Information about what rights publishers offer to authors, related to posting articles and other content on the web (SHERPA/RoMEO)
SHERPA=Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access
RoMEO=Rights Metadata for Open archiving
Search and View Publisher's Open Access policies:
When completing the SPARC / Science Commons online process to generate an Author Addendum, you have the following options:
Access - Reuse gives you sufficient rights to post a copy of the published version of your article (usually in pdf form) online immediately to a site that does not charge for access to the article. Primarily, this would mean posting to sites such as a university digital library or a disciplinary repository, such as the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central server, or, of course, to your own web site.
Under Access - Reuse, you also retain sufficient rights to grant to the reading public a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license. A Creative Commons license specifies uses that the author permits the reader to make with the article. Under this option, you can grant to the public the right to re-use or re-post your article so long as you are given credit as the author and so long as the reader's use is non-commercial. (For those familiar with theSPARC Author's Addendum, this option provides for retention of the same rights.)
Immediate Access gives you sufficient rights to post a copy of the published version of your article (usually in pdf form) online immediately to a site that does not charge for access to the article. (This is essentially the same provision as is in the MIT Copyright Amendment (DOCX file), available from the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy page.
Delayed Access treats the final version of your manuscript and the published version of your article differently. Under this option, you have the right immediately to post your final version of the article, as edited after peer review,to a site that does not charge for access to the article. With respect to the published version of your article, you can post it to a site that does not charge for access, but you must arrange not to make the article available to the public until six months after the date of publication.
(above information adapted from SPARC/Science Commons web sites under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license)