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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Author Rights for Scholars & Researchers

The problem
Faculty researchers and authors are paid by the university to create the scholarship and research that they give away FOR FREE to scholarly publishers.

University libraries are then forced to pay exorbitant prices to purchase access to the intellectual property that their own faculty created. **This purchased access is often times not permanent or consistent.

The cost of scholarly publications is (and has been) rising at rates that are several times higher than inflation.

Significant price increases in journals every year decrease the purchasing power of libraries overall which negatively impact the overall (very limited) acquisition budget.

Data from the Association for Research Libraries show that from 1986 to 2005:
  • The average cost of serials rose 167%.
  • The average cost of a monograph rose 81%.
  • The consumer price index for this time period rose 78%.
  • Bottom line: prices are going up, and libraries can't keep up.

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*Read 2012 Peridocial Price Survey
Author's Rights SPARC video
Copryight Alternatives
Alternatives to standard copyright  liscense
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization working to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

View CC descriptive video "Get Creative" about the concept of "creative commons."
Copyleft - GNU license information
Copyleft is a general method for making a program (or other work) free, and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well.

Open Access (OA)
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Peter Suber

OA removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions).

Overivew of Open Access by Peter Suber author of  SPARC Open Access Newsletter

OA Requirements:

The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently requests that NIH-funded researchers deposit a copy of manuscripts stemming from their research into PubMed Central, within twelve months of the article's publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

View Open Access for Faculty Guide

Your Rights
Under U.S. Copyright law YOU as the AUTHOR have the following exclusive rights unless and until you transfer the copyright in a signed agreement:

Right to reproduce, distribute, adapt, publicly perform, and publicly display the copyrighted work.

Copyright protection is automatic. The author obtains these exclusive rights at the moment the copyrighted work has been “fixed in a tangible medium.”
Author's Rights Quick Links
Author's Rights Helpful Guides
Tips for negiotating with publishers (ASU)

Library Contact
Picture: Julia Rodriguez

Julia Rodriguez
Associate Professor / Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Schedule a research consultation (Fall & Winter only) - Currently all consultaions are conducted via GoogleMeet. 

If none of the time slots work for you or if there are none available, email me directly and suggest a date & time and I will do my best to accommodate you.


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