Know your rights!

Many publishers’ agreements will ask you to surrender more of your rights than are necessary for publication. Depending on the agreement, you may find yourself unable to re-use portions of your articles in other publications, or even prevented from printing your writings for your own classes.

Luckily, the library has experts who can help you navigate these agreements and maintain more control of your works. This guide will help you to:

  • understand your rights as an author;

  • analyze publisher agreements; and

  • navigate the publication process so that you end up with more control over your works.

For more help

If you have questions about maintaining author rights, the Cornell Copyright Information Center is happy to help!

Members of the Cornell community can send the Center an email at

You can also check out their resources and tutorials.

2 minute video from SPARC: Author Rights