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Note: Some information on this page is used with permission from Becker Medical Library Tools for Authors.
For purposes of WUSTL's Open Access Resolution, authors should:
Amend copyright agreements to retain the right to use his or her own work and to deposit such work in a University digital repository or another depository, which is freely accessible to the general public.
Or seek publishers for his or her works committed to free and unfettered access (often referred to as open access publishers) whenever consistent with his or her professional goals, such as in publications using Creative Commons licenses.
In addition, authors may want to retain rights to do the following:
In some cases it may be necessary to negotiate with a publisher in order to retain rights that are not expressly noted by the publisher on the journal website or the publisher copyright agreement form. One way for authors to negotiate is to discuss their needs with the publisher or Editor-in-Chief. In most cases, the publisher or Editor-in-Chief will support the author’s rationale in favor of retaining of certain rights. Once an agreement is reached authors are encouraged to confirm what was agreed upon by doing one of the following:
Any changes made directly on the form agreement must include the initials of the author and the initials of an authorized representative of the publisher, which are placed immediately adjacent to the handwritten or typewritten change. Any changes made and initialed by the author will have no legal effect without the approval of the publisher.
Important: Keep a record of your publishing agreements!
These tools may be useful for your negotiations with your publisher.