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Author Rights are a critical part of the process of making scholarly published works openly available. This page contains information and resources pertaining to author rights, including important considerations before signing author agreements and ways to make works openly available even after those agreements have been signed.

Intro to Author Agreements

As scholars, the authors are stewards of access to the works they author. Without due caution, authors can easily sign away valuable rights and significantly limit the accessibility of their works.

Author Agreements: Primer: In a brief article, Professor Timothy Armstrong of the University of Cincinnati College of Law succinctly discusses author rights as they relate to publisher agreements, and an author's ability to openly share their work.

There are several resources available to you at Purdue to use when publishing your articles to ensure that you can retain enough of your rights to make your articles openly available at Purdue. Below are some resources that may help you to better understand author agreements.

Author Rights Resources at Purdue

Before You Sign Your Author Agreements...

Publishers may or may not allow works to be shared. We can help authors determine whether a particular work may be shared or not. Send the author accepted manuscript (AAM) of your work and the publisher's agreement to epubs@purdue.edu.

Below are some resources available to authors before you sign your author agreements:

SHERPA/RoMEO - Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving site: This website provides an easy interface with information on publishers' known policies regarding open sharing—whether publisher agreements allow a copy of authors' papers to be shared or if the journal is an open access (peer reviewed) journal. It is searchable by either publisher name or journal title.

Author Addenda for Publisher's PDF: This recommended addendum (created by the CIC) allows authors to retain enough rights to their work to share the work on their institution's repository after a period of six (6) months from the date of publication.

Purdue Author Addendum Letter for Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM): This form letter to publishers requests permission to deposit the author accepted manuscript (AAM) before the article has been published.

After You Sign Your Author Agreements...

Even if you have already signed an author agreement, you still may be able to share your work. Send us the author accepted manuscript and the citation of your work so we can help determine if the work can be shared or not to epubs@purdue.edu.

Below are some resources available to authors after you have signed your author agreements.

SHERPA/RoMEO - Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving site: This website provides an easy interface with information on publishers' known policies regarding open sharing—whether publisher agreements allow a copy of authors' papers to be shared or if the journal is an open access (peer reviewed) journal. It is searchable by either publisher name or journal title.

Purdue Author Addendum Letter Requesting Deposit of Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM): This form letter to publishers requests permission to deposit the author accepted manuscript (AAM) after the article has been published if the publisher does not allow sharing based upon SHERPA/RoMEO.

For additional assistance with understanding author rights and author agreements please contact David Scherer or Donna Ferullo.