We know the Internet is transforming music publishing, newspaper publishing, and scholarly journal publishing. The Internet gives us an environment where it's easy to share knowledge. It gives us a platform where we can let our ideas loose, disseminate our work more quickly, and get feedback from others quickly. As a scholar, you want to share your work; you want people to access it, and you want others to acknowledge it.
So did you know that the publication agreement you sign when you submit to a journal actually prevents broad dissemination of your work? In traditional publication agreements all rights – including copyright to your own work – go to the journal. These agreements may prevent you from using sections of your article in later works, distributing it among your colleagues, uploading it to a repository, or even using your own work in course packs.
Managing your copyright and protecting your rights as an author is one of the most effective ways to ensure access to your work. The Author Addendum is a widely recognized tool that allows you to keep key rights to your articles while still transferring necessary rights to the journal publisher.
Value the copyright in your intellectual property! To read more about the Author Addendum and how it can work for you, download the PDF at http://sc.lib.muohio.edu/author_rights.pdf. You can also request a hardcopy of the Author Rights brochure by emailing Jen Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org.