Center for Digital Scholarship and Publishing
1100 Mid-Campus Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506
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:
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.