Authors and Copyright

Authors and Copyright

Authors should read and understand the copyright agreements they sign with publishers.

Manage Your Copyright


By managing your copyright, you can retain the rights to:

  • distribute copies of your articles to your students.
  • use portions of your articles in subsequent publications (e.g., figures).
  • grant others permission to use your work.
  • place the article in an open access repository such as PubMed Central and eScholarship.


Modify copyright agreements using the Scholar's Copyright Engine (SCAE) developed by Science Commons.

Resources on Author's Rights

UC Copyright Website. This site serves as an educational resource for the UC community. The site assembles a wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials by individuals and educational institutions.

SPARC - Authors Rights. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

Use Sherpa/Romeo to look up publisher's copyright and archiving policies, and find links to publisher and journal policy pages.