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Model Agreement Addenda & Licenses

These model agreement addenda and licenses provide language that authors can use to retain some or all of their rights when publishing or distributing their works. (Read about publisher agreements to see why this matters.)

  • Agreement to Extend Author’s Rights (Boston Library Consortium) -- "Gives authors and their employing institutions non-exclusive rights to use, distribute, and reproduce material . . . in activities connected with the author’s academic and professional activities." This document has the support of Connecticut's Office of the Attorney General (Storrs satellite).

  • Creative Commons license -- Allows you to retain the copyright to the work, yet also allow others to copy or distribute your work according to conditions you set. Some publishers will agree to publish your work under such licenses.

  • SPARC Author's Addendum (PDF) -- See also SPARC's Copyright Resources for Authors. Note: the UConn Libraries' Scholarly Communication Team prefers the BLC agreement (above) over the SPARC addendum.

SHERPA's RoMEO Service

  • Publisher Copyright Policies -- This service "lists publishers and their associated copyright agreements. . . . Search for a publisher or a . . . journal to see what rights are assigned to publishers and which are retained by the author." Also find transfer agreements, electronic archiving policies, and links to publishers' policies. From SHERPA and the RoMEO Project, U.K.

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