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Authors are becoming increasingly aware that the Copyright Transfer Agreements
they sign when their articles are accepted for publication can restrict their ability
to share their research.
Copyright Transfer Agreements may prevent you from:
-Sharing your work with your colleagues
-Posting your article on your website
-Using your work for teaching purposes
-Creating derivative works
-Posting your work to an institutional repository
This effectively limits the audience of your research to journal subscribers only,
which can affect researchers in developing countries, smaller institutions or
researchers unaffiliated with an institution.
The following are suggestions to maximize your research exposure:
Know your publisher
-Look up a publisher’s policy online at the Sherpa/Romeo website
-If possible, choose to publish in an Open Access journal, or with publishers that
support an author’s right to disseminate his/her work
Negotiate your copyright
-If your publisher of choice is very restrictive, you still have the option of
negotiating your copyright
-The SPARC Author Addendum is a tool that authors can use to negotiate their
copyright with publishers http://www.carl-abrc.ca/projects/author/author-
-Publishers are capitalizing on authors that don’t ask to retain their rights –
the reality is that many are flexible with requests
The Scholarly Communications Initiative team at York is available to help answer
your questions and direct you to appropriate resources.
For a brief and informative overview on author rights, visit this link:
Author's Rights, Tout de Suite gives journal article authors a quick introduction
to key aspects of author's rights. The guide includes references to online
documents and links to pertinent Web sites to foster further exploration of this
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