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Saturday, November 01, 2008

OAD list of author addenda

The Open Access Directory (OAD) just opened a list of Author addenda.  Excerpt:

An author addendum is a proposed modification to a publisher's standard copyright transfer agreement. If accepted, it would allow the author to retain key rights, especially the right to authorize OA. The purpose is to help authors who are uncomfortable negotiating contract terms with publishers or who are unfamiliar with copyright law and don't know the best terms for a modification to support OA. Because an addendum is merely a proposed contract modification, a publisher may accept or reject it.

The list launches with 15 different addenda, but there are undoubtedly more out there.  Remember that OAD is a wiki, and counts on users to keep its lists comprehensive, accurate, and up to date.