Assist authors in retaining rights to their work

Keeping your copyrights means you can share your work openly. The Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright (OSC&C) can help authors retain rights to their scholarly work.

If you are planning on publishing an article, The Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright has tools that you can use to retain your copyrights when working with a publisher. Depending on the help you need the information or links below will help. When in doubt, please do not hesitate to email Ada Emmett, or Marianne Reed, for further assistance.

We can help you review publication agreements before you sign them.

For general information about the faculty Open Access Policy see our Open Access website. The information on this page will make participating fully in the Open Access policy easier.

Below are links to information for KU faculty and students wishing to retain more of their copyrights on their own works of scholarship, and below that copyright basics for the classroom instructor.

Use & Negotiate for Your Copyrights

  • Introduction to Publisher Agreements-- a short primer for authors by Tim Armstrong, a copyright specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
  • Add the following language to your contract (next to your signature) to retain more of your copyrights so that you may share a copy openly in KU ScholarWorks:
    Notwithstanding the above language, I reserve the right to use this work in my teaching and research, for my colleagues at the University of Kansas to use this work in their teaching and research, and I also reserve the right to place an electronic copy of this work on a publicly accessible web site.
  • When the publisher policy doesn't automatically allow open sharing, consider using an addendum to it, which will grant to you, the author, more rights to your work. We suggest one of two: Both have been approved by KU's General Counsel.
  • Understand your publisher policies on author self-archiving (on websites): SHERPA/RoMEO provides detailed information about the kinds and degrees of permissions and rights that publishers automatically grant to their authors-- allowing them for example to post "author final drafts" of published articles on web sites or in institutional repositories (such as KU ScholarWorks).


Ada Emmett
Head, Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright
Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright
Watson Library, Room 450

Josh Bolick
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright
Watson Library, Room 450

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