Copyright and Data Management

Retaining Your Copyrights

When you create a new original work, whether it is a research article, book or book chapter, opera or other creative work, you are automatically granted copyright for that work.

Copyright is a bundle of rights, which include:

  • The right to reproduce the work
  • The right to prepare derivative works
  • The right to distribute the work
  • The right to publicly perform the work
  • The right to publicly display the work

When you sign a copyright transfer agreement, you transfer the copyright ownership of your work in exchange for the publication of that work. As such, you are limited to following the often restrictive requirements the publisher requires in order to further disseminate your work.

By negotiating to retain your copyrights, you can share your work freely and openly without running afoul of the law or the publisher. Librarians in the Scholarly Communications and Publishing department are happy to assist you with questions you may have while negotiating to retain your copyrights.

Additional resources

  • SPARC Addendum  - Provided by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), this publishing addendum can be used to negotiate to reserve your copyrights during the publishing process.

Data Management

Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have implemented data management plan requirements for grant applications.

Last updated: 02/26/2015