Keep your copyright

As a condition of publication, many publishers require you to sign over your copyright. This can create significant barriers if you want to reuse your work, or allow others to use it.

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Negotiate changes to these standard agreements if you want the right to:

  • Widely disseminate your published work by posting it on your website
  • Reuse or allow others to reuse parts of your published work in other formats
  • Make your work available to those who lack access to the journal in which it appears
  • Prohibit or allow commercial use of your work
  • Preserve your published work in a digital repository
  • Use your published work in public lectures and at conferences
  • Allow others to reuse and modify your work

Alternatives to standard agreements:

  • Use an author addendum.
  • Publish in Open Access.
  • Use a Creative Commons license.

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