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Thursday, March 29, 2007

More on the Science Commons author addenda

Regaining author’s rights over published material, iCommons blog, March 29, 2007.  I'd like to see an article on regaining rights, but in this case I believe the anonymous author meant retaining rights.  Excerpt:

This is the second piece in a series of articles written to provide a better understanding of Science Commons and shed light on how the principles of open access tie into Creative Commons’ efforts in the sciences.

Last month, we took a look at open access – touching on the key points needed to garner a basic understanding of its core principles. (...The “green” and “gold” roads were discussed....)

The first branch – the “green” road – is at the heart of our Scholar’s Copyright Project. This model involves self-archiving, where authors first publish in a subscription-based journal, then make their scholarly works available on the public internet after-the-fact.

Our Scholar’s Copyright Project takes on this issue directly. Authors can choose from one of our Author’s Addenda, fill out the form, print and attach to the copyright transfer agreement from the subscription-based publisher. By attaching one of our addenda to the standard form issued by the publisher, authors retain – at a minimum – the right to make their works available and to use them in the author’s own teaching and future works....

Scholars are then empowered with the freedom to put their work in an online repository and to use it....

Currently, we have three different Author’s Addenda available: 

  • OpenAccess-CreativeCommons 1.0 Addendum – reserves the right for the author to post the published version immediately and grant others rights to reuse the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. This addendum comes out of Science Commons’ collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)....This amendment retains rights inspired by the SPARC Author Addendum.
  • OpenAccess-Publish 1.0 Addendum – reserves the right for the author to post the published version immediately upon publication.
  • OpenAccess-Delay 1.0 Addendum – reserves the rights for the author to post the author’s peer-reviewed manuscript immediately and the final published version six months after publication.

For more information about how to use the Addenda, visit our FAQ. Also, for a more in-depth looks at the issues driving our Scholar’s Copyright Project, visit our background briefing.