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Copyright & Plagiarism: Author Rights

Key Resources

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources for the topic of copyright and related issues.  On this page, find out more about copyright issues for authors.

Copyright Publisher Agreements

Authors routinely sign publishing agreements that transfer copyright to the publisher, eliminating the author's ability to submit the article or manuscript as required by law. As an author, you need to make sure that you retain the rights to upload either the published version or the final manuscript version of your article.

SPARC Author Rights  Initiative provides an informative website including the SPARC Author Addendum , a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons, established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors.

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.  NIH Manuscript Submission System provides submission information to ensure your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the  NIH Public Access Policy.  For more information regarding the NIH Public Access Policy, peruse the Public Access Frequently Asked Questions

Author's Rights, Tout de Suite  by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. provides a quick introduction to key aspects of authors' rights, and supplies addiitonal information through relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites.

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This guide does not supply legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel. 

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