ACRL and ARL, through the Institute on Scholarly Communication, along with SPARC present:

Understanding Author Rights

This special joint one hour webcast is aimed at librarians working with faculty on author rights. The sponsors are underwriting costs to make the archive freely available to the broader community.

Now you, too, can view the archived webcast. To access this Elluminate recording, you'll need a free LearningTimes account. Clicking the webcast link above will get you started on that process.

Program description:

This webcast is designed to help librarians better engage disciplinary faculty and researchers on the topic of author rights. Learn the basic issues and understand outreach strategies.

A journal article is often the culmination of years of study, research, and hard work. The more the article is read and cited, the greater its value. But if authors give exclusive control to the publisher in the copyright agreement, use may be limited. Many authors wonder:

  • Can I post my articles on a course Web site? What about in an institutional repository?
  • Can I give copies of my published article to my class or colleagues?
  • Is it okay to post articles in NIH's PubMed Central?
  • Can I include sections of my article in later works?

Many libraries want to answer these questions and help authors modify publishers' copyright transfer agreements to keep key rights to their articles. Educate faculty on your campus before they transfer ownership of their intellectual output and help them understand the consequences and options. Increase your visibility on campus, your influence on the higher education and research environment, and become a respected local authority on this important scholarly communication issue.


Julia Blixrud, Assistant Director for Public Programs of SPARC
Trisha Davis, Rights Management Coordinator of The Ohio State University Libraries