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Copyright & Author Rights

Protect your copyright when publishing your own work.

Author Rights

It is not a requirement of publication that all rights be assigned or transferred permanently to a publisher. The right to publish can be licensed to the publisher temporarily or on a non-exclusive basis.

Because the law allows you to transfer copyright while holding back rights for yourself and others, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has created an Addendum to preserve the right to post your scholarly articles on your own website and to deposit them in an institutional repository, such as the ODU Digital Commons.

Open-access archiving is becoming an expectation – and in some cases a requirement – for scholars. As such, more publishers are allowing it in some form, whether it be the publisher pdf or your postprint (final author version after peer-review).

Resources from SPARC

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