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Open Access and Scholarly Communication: Author Rights

Preserve Your Rights

Did You Know...
...As an author, you automatically have full copyright protection over all unique works as soon as you create them.
Did you Know...
...Within the traditional publishing environment, you may be asked to transfer all of your rights to the publisher - this would make you legally obligated to seek the permission of the publisher to use or share your own work!
Did You Know...
...As an author, YOU HAVE OPTIONS.


How Can You Preserve Your Rights?

  1. Publish your work in an open access resource - this would allow you to retain all of your rights as an author while ensuring the widest possible audience of readers.
  2. Publish your work in a traditional resource using an Author Addendum to negotiate the retention of some of your rights. [1]

How Do I Publish Open Access?

The process for submitting a manuscript to an Open Access journal is very similar to the process for a traditional print journal.  As an author, you must evaluate the credibility and legitimacy of the publication before submitting.  The manuscript will then undergo peer review.  Once selected for publication, your work will become accessible online for free to the public, generally within 1-2 months. [1]


Did You Know...

...More and more research funding agencies explicitly encourage or REQUIRE that work produced with their funds be made openly available to the public: [1]

Think. Check. Submit.


Assumption College. (2017). Author rights. In Open Access & Scholarly Communication (LibGuide). Retrieved from

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