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Author Rights Resources: Navigating the Process

The resources in this guide are designed to help authors understand and maintain their rights throughout the scholarly publication process.

Negotiating with your publisher

By strategically managing the contract negotiation conversation with your publisher, you will place yourself in a good bargaining position to retain copyright to your article (even if your initial request is rejected). The steps outlined below will help you retain the rights that you need to further develop and disseminate your work following its publication. 

Publication Agreement Addenda

SPARC Author Rights and Author Addendum: provides information about retaining copyright for academic articles and sample addenda to submit with a publication agreement. You may download addenda here for the U.S. and Canada.


Science Commons: Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine: allows you to generate a PDF to attach to your publication agreement allowing you to retain more control over the dissemination of your scholarship.


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