Most academic publisher agreements will ask you to surrender more of your rights than are necessary for publication. Depending on the agreement, you may find yourself unable to re-use portions of your articles in other publications, build upon your own research, post it online, or you may even be prevented from printing your writings for your own classes or to share with colleagues, prospective employers, etc.
UH Libraries has experts who can help you navigate these agreements and maintain more control of your works.
This guide will help you to:
understand your rights as an author;
analyze publisher agreements; and
navigate the publication process so that you end up with more control over your works.
Despite the power authors have as copyright owners, they become powerless when signing away their copyrights when executing an author agreement. Most author rights agreements transfer all copyrights to the publisher in their entirety. Researchers should thoroughly read their publishing agreements and discuss them with their Library liaison or Taylor Davis-Van Atta (firstname.lastname@example.org), UH Libraries' Digital Scholarship Coordinator, before signing to verify what rights they are being asked to give away.
A complete transfer of copyright can have the following negative implications: