Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Scholarly Communication: Authors' Rights

What is scholarly communication? This guide serves as an introduction to open access publishing as well as a guide to facilitate scholarly communication and collaboration.

Rights Database

Search SHERPA's ROMEO database for the summaries of author rights for particular journals or publishers.

Search SHERPA's JULIET database for the summaries of open access mandates, policies, expectations, restrictions, etc. for particular funding and granting agencies.

Open Access v. Copyright

Scholarly Attribution and Citation - PPT

Choose a License

SIX MAIN CC LICENSE COMBINATIONS based on the 4 basic restrictions/allowances.

cc-by:  Only attribution is expected

cc-by-sa:  Attribution, plus the expectation that you will allow others to share alike

cc-by-nc:  Attribution, but no commercial use allowed

cc-by-nd:  Attribution, but no derivative works allowed

cc-by-nc-sa:  Attribution, plus no commercial use allowed, and the expectation that you will allow others to share alike

cc-by-nc-nd:  Attribution, plus no commercial use allowed, and no derivative works allowed


Attribution (by)

ShareAlike (sa)

NonCommercial (nc)

NoDerivatives (nd)

Working with the Publisher to retain certain author rights

Your intellectual property rights begin with you! 

Many authors don't realize they can negotiate to retain certain rights to their created works simply by executing a copyright transfer agreement author's addendum as described by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Site includes a downloadable template for you to begin to draft the rights you will retain as an author.