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Determine, Negotiate, and Retain Your Author Rights

Most publishers' agreements ask that you assign your copyright to the publisher when they publish your work. However, if you transfer your rights to the publisher, you may limit your ability to use and share your work with others and you may need to seek permission from the publisher to make some specific uses of your own work. For example, problems may arise when you or others want to: use your work in a course pack, place copies on print or electronic reserves, post a copy on your website, and distribute a copy to colleagues.

Here are some steps you can take:

Determine what rights you retain from previous publications, and find publishers and journals that give you more liberal permissions to use your own work:

While the Libraries can't tell you where to publish, we can help you find tools and information to inform your decisions.

Use an author addendum to negotiate and retain author rights to your work:

Authors are encouraged to negotiate and retain the rights to their work. By attaching an addendum to your publishing agreement, you can retain control of your work in order to use it for purposes such as distributing copies in the course of teaching and research, posting the article on a personal or institutional website, etc.