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.

You can also use the links below for more information.

SPARC Addendum


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

Science Commons Addendum Generator


Enter basic information about your article and generate a publishing addendum.

Introduction to Publisher Agreements


A two-page guide to publisher copyright agreements from Tim Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law.



Copyright resources available at K-State.

K-State Copyright Consultation Service

Fill-able web form to send copyright related questions to the Copyright Consultation Service.

Data Management

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

Kansas State University Guidance for Sharing and Archiving Data


Guidance document prepared through the collaboration of the K-State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, K-State Libraries, and Dan Andresen.

NSF Data Management


Plan information at the K-State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

NIH Data Management Plans


Plan information at the K-State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Data Management Research Guide


Tips and information for managing data put together by Meagan Duever, Data Services Librarian.

Data Management & Sharing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs for data management from the National Science Foundation.
Last updated: 06/03/2014