Brown University Copyright and Fair Use

Brown University

Faculty Publishing and Copyright

Retention of rights when publishing

Many authors sign contracts with publishers for articles or books without realizing what rights they are surrendering. Some have discovered that they cannot even put copies of published articles that they have written on their own web site without first securing permission from the publisher. To help protect their rights and enhance dissemination of their work, more and more authors now are signing publishing contracts which permit them to retain certain rights such as posting their own article on their own web site, sharing their research results with colleagues, archiving published works in their university’s digital repository, and other options. The SPARC Addendum site (please see link below) provides key language for authors to use in their publication contracts. It also gives guidance for NIH-funded researchers for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy (including submitting your work to PubMed Central).  For authors who wish to make their works generally available on the web but who wish to retain certain rights, the Creative Commons license (linked below) is an option worth exploring.