Last Published 9/15/23
What are your intellectual property rights as the creator of content? Do you own the copyright to your published articles (Answer: You may or may not depending on the contract you signed with the publisher). What options do faculty authors have for retaining their copyright? We’ll explore the above questions in this section.
You could lose the right to:
If you transfer your copyright to a publisher, your rights will be limited by Fair Use when using your work in the future. Traditionally, academic publishers have required that authors transfer copyright to them, but this standard is changing. More and more campuses are creating Open Access policies that require authors to retain some rights to their work. The assignment of non-exclusive rights to publishers is becoming much more common.
A variety of tools are available to help you navigate and negotiate for keeping some of your rights. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) can walk you through the process of creating an Author Addendum to attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights. You can use these forms to negotiate to retain the copyright to your work: Additionally, the Authors Alliance and Creative Commons have developed a tool for authors to terminate their transfer of rights for previously published works: ToT Tool