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Authors' rights: Tip 1

Many of you have just published something or are about to publish. Do you know your rights as an author?

One of the best introductions to this subject is “Author’s Rights, Tout de Suite,” by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. http://www.digital-scholarship.org/ts/authorrights.pdf

As an author, you should protect your right to archive your work (especially the .pdf of the published paper). Self-archiving can be done on a personal or departmental web page, or in an institutional repository like OSU's Scholars Archive
( http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/ ).

Things to consider:
● Protect your right to archive a .pdf file of your paper when you sign your copyright transfer agreement (more on this next time)
● Save those manuscripts! Some publishers will only allow you to archive a pre-print( manuscript submitted before peer review) or a post-print (a manuscript revised after peer review but before final publication). We'd rather archive the publisher's .pdf, but would be glad to have the manuscripts, especially the post-prints.

Want to know more?
This report describes the differences between the rights authors think they have, the rights they want to have, and the rights publishers are willing to grant them. Morris, Sally. "Journal authors’ rights: perception and reality." (2009) (Publishing Research Consortium. PRC Summary Paper no.5) http://www.publishingresearch.net/documents/JournalAuthorsRights.pdf
Another reader-friendly summary of your rights as an author is found in an article by Heather Leary and Preston Parker, “Academic Author Rights: Knowing is More Than Half the Battle.” Tech Trends v.54 no.3, p.23-25 (May/June, 2010) (can be accessed online through the OSU catalog).