An institution may confront hundreds of different license agreements
and terms, making it difficult to rely on their individual authors to
effectively negotiate with publishers to retain rights for the institution.
More promising strategies include standard author-publisher contracts, a
uniform rights-transfer addendum, direct institution-publisher negotiations
on behalf of authors, or an institutional policy granting it limited rights to
institutionally affiliated authors’ works as they are created.
• Under what circumstances might institutional agents
submit works for deposit on behalf of authors?
Institutions (along with their authors) could benefit in various ways from
mediating funder-mandated deposits.
Ensuring compliance with funder
requirements is a looming concern for
grantee institutions. Demonstrating the
institution’s productivity and the value it is
creating is another imperative for grantees.
Involvement with deposit and the ability to harvest authors’ works allow
institutions to capture important evidence of their success.
Institutions are rapidly acquiring diverse but often related content
produced by their researchers and scholars. Research data, multimedia
works, digital documents of all sorts, and new kinds of content emerging
from the network context are increasingly going to be managed as
institutional assets with a goal of encouraging their broadest possible use.
The ability to hold, manage, and use manuscripts facilitates the
development of an environment where the products of research process can
be integrated, synthesized, and reused now and into the future.
In considering what best to do to strengthen authors’ experiences with
repositories and maximize the value and usefulness of articles in repositories,
the overarching question is: What is the desirable future for repository services
operating in an environment of funder expectations for public access to research
results? Some answers that arose during the January discussion include:
With a number of funders now requiring deposit of funded articles, an
important measure of successful and effective repository services will be
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…actions leading to an environment with broad licensing
of copyrights to various parties are an important early step
toward the development of more powerful repository