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Managing Rights to Your Work

Resources for understanding your rights as an author/creator and managing your rights as a copyright owner
Addendum to Publication Agreement
(Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC))
Complete and attach this addendum to the standard publisher's agreement to reserve key rights to your work. This has been approved by MUSC legal counsel for use.
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Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article
(SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition))
Traditionally, authors have transferred the copyrights of their work to publishers to get their work in the printed literature. The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. Learn about your rights as an author and about working with publishers to arrive at an equitable agreement. You can also download the Addendum or link to an online form to complete and print.
Authors and Their Rights
(Association of Research Libraries)
Don't unknowingly sign away the rights to your own work. This page offers links to numerous university and library Websites with information about retaining rights to your work, managing the rights provided by copyright, negotiating limited rights contracts with publishers, and much more.
Keep Your Copyrights
(Columbia Law School. Kernochan Center for Law Media, and the Arts and Program on Law and Technology)
Learn why you should think carefully before signing away your copyrights. This site explains what your rights are as a creator of work and how to manage those rights. In addition to information about copyrights, the site covers contracts: language, reasonable terms, and cautions.
NIH Manuscript Submission System
(National Institutes of Health)
This is the Website scientists must use to submit articles to PubMed Central, in compliance with the 2007 federal law requiring that NIH provide public access to its funded research. The siteprovides a variety of Web-based tools to assist users who are navigating this submission system. These tools are primarily slide shows demonstrating various tasks in a step-by-step fashion and are illustrated with screen captures. There are also FAQs and an e-mail address to submit questions or comments about the NIH Public Access Policy.
NIH Public Access
(National Institutes of Health)
This site explains the NIH Public Access Policy that ensures public access to published results of NIH-funded research. The policy requires that articles be available on PubMed Central within 12 months of publication (in compliance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008). This site includes information about how to comply, including how to ensure that copyright agreements with publishers allow the article to be submitted to NIH and how to submit articles. There is an FAQ section, a list of journals that submit articles directly to PubMed Central, and other background information.
Sherpa/RoMEO: Publisher copyright policies & self archiving
(SHERPA. Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access)
This site, based in the UK, is designed to assist authors in managing their rights by categorizing rights in a standard format. Authors can  view summaries of publishers' copyright policies in relation to self-archiving, check to see if publisher policies comply with funding regulations, and search journal and publisher information by Journal Title, Publisher Name and ISSN. Not all publishers are represented and not all records are up-to-date, but this is a good place to find out which publishers follow "open access" policies more closely.
Skill Kit: NIH Manuscript Submission System - Get the Help You Need
(National Library of Medicine)
This brief article from the Jan-Feb 2008 NLM Technical Bulletin provides an overview of the NIH Public Access policy, which became law in 2007. In addition to background information, there are links to Websites about the policy, the manuscript submission system, a list of journals that submits articles directly to PubMed Central,and an e-mail address for submitting questions.
Who Owns My Work? Asserting and Maintaining Your Copyright
(G. Randall Watts, M.Div., MS. MUSC Library)
This presentation by an MUSC librarian discusses how to manage your rights as an author. It covers copyright basics, your rights as an author, and how to think about assigning some rights to a publisher while retaining others for yourself.
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