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Negotiating Your Rights Before Publication
Just because a publisher's standard contract may include or exclude certain rights, you have the right to negotiate the contract to maintain additional rights or to increase open access to your work.
The following examples of addendums or amendments to publication agreements may be helpful as models or templates.
Phrases to Look for in Publisher Copyright Agreement Forms
Becker Medical Library, Washington University - St. Louis
SPARC Author Addendum
"The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that you can use to modify your copyright transfer agreements with non-open access journal publishers. It allows you to select which individual rights out of the bundle of copyrights you want to keep... The SPARC Author Addendum can be downloaded, or filled out online." (SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Author Rights Brochure: Using the SPARC Author Addendum
This short guide provides clear explanations and advice regarding your rights and how to negotiate your agreements with publishers. (SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Scholars' Copyright Addendum Engine
"The Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine will help you generate a PDF form that you can attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights." (Science Commons)
“I own it, don’t I?” The Rules of Academic Copyright Ownership and You
by Sara R. Benson, College & Undergraduate Libraries 25.4 (Nov 2018). "...this article empowers professors to exercise their copyright rights to the full extent of the law and to negotiate their author’s agreements to benefit themselves and society as a whole..."
Regaining Rights After Publication
It may sometimes be possible to regain certain rights to past works that were already transferred to a publisher.
Authors Alliance provides tools to support two possible mechanisms: Rights Reversion and Termination of Transfer.
More About Publishing Contracts
Understanding and Negotiating Book Publication Contracts
From the Authors Alliance. "The fourth in our series of educational handbooks, the guide identifies clauses that frequently appear in publishing contracts, explains in plain language what these terms (and typical variations) mean, and presents strategies for negotiating “author-friendly” versions of these clauses. When authors have more information about copyright and publication options for their works, they are better able to make and keep their works available in the ways they want."