I bumped into a physics grad student on the Dartmouth Coach earlier this week and we had some time to catch up on how things are going. I learned that he’s on his way to publishing his first academic paper! Hurray! We talked about author rights and things to look out for in a publisher’s contract. The publishing landscape is changing very rapidly and it’s hard to keep up, but you have author rights! You don’t have to sign away all your copyrights to the publisher!
But why is it important?
Because you want to retain rights to post a copy of your paper on your own website. Or you want to be able to reuse your own research in future papers! Here are some resources to be aware of:
- Our Scholarly Publishing & Communication guide has links and resources on Copyright, Author Rights & Fair Use:
- I highly suggest doing a search on your journal’s publishing policy in Sherpa RoMEO. Here’s an example of a search on Physical Review A:
- Clicking on the Copyright Policy leads you to the publisher’s page on Terms and Conditions associated with the APS Transfer of Copyright Agreement. In this case, APS/PRA allows you to archive pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF!
- Some other resources you may be interested in reviewing:
- Know Your Copy Rights: Asking the “Rights” Questions, presentation and discussion with the Ethics Institute “Train the Trainer” program for graduate students in Feb. 2013
- Know Your Copy Rights: Mixed, Mashed & Blended Media, Powerpoint from a DCAL workshop May 19th, 2009 by Barbara DeFelice and Anthony Helm
- General Copyright Information at Dartmouth.
Related: open access publishing, fair use
If you have questions, feel free to get in touch! We’re here to help!