Author Rights

When faculty publish their work in scholarly journals, they are asked to sign away their copyright to the journal publisher. This loss of copyright means that faculty cannot post their article on their own web site, or make it electronically available through any other electronic archive. Many scholarly societies and research universities have come to see this restriction on the free exchange of ideas as a crisis, and have developed recommendations and procedures advocating that faculty negotiate to retain their copyright privileges. 

In an effort to encourage more open access to scholarly works, the library has a small fund available to cover the costs of open access fees.  See information below.

Author Addendum

SPARC has prepared an Author Addendum (pdf), a document which authors of articles can use to try to retain rights at the time of submission to publishers.  An online version can generate a complete form with information on the specific publication.

For more information, see the SPARC web site for Resources for Authors and the following resources:

  • SHERPA/RoMEO
    Use to find information on permissions normally given as part of a publisher's copyright transfer agreement. Search by journal title, publisher, etc.

Open-Access Fund for Faculty Articles

The library has set aside a limited amount of money to cover costs associated with publishing an article in an open-access journal or in a journal that provides an open access option for a fee. Our goal is to create increased access to articles produced by our faculty and priority is given to articles that are co-authored by students.  OA allows us to deposit copies of these articles in the DigitalCommons, linking them to our individual faculty research pages in Selected Works.  Articles deposited in the Digital Commons are discoverable via Google Scholar. In order to explore this funding option, we must negotiate prior to signing your copyright form with the publisher.

We currently have two deposit accounts with PLoS and Taylor and Francis. If faculty are interested in exploring this option, please contact your department library liaison, or Terri Fishel. We will first check Sherpa/Romeo to confirm what the publisher policy is on self-archiving pre- or post-print articles. In some cases, this option may be sufficient for providing access to faculty published works. A stipulation of using the Open-Access Fund is that a copy of the article must be accessible via our DigitalCommons.