In 2006, the Provosts from the BTAA member universities developed a statement that supports the rights of authors to retain rights that facilitate archiving, instructional use, and sharing with colleagues to “advance discourse and discovery.” Penn State’s Faculty Senate endorsed the Statement in March 2008. Included in the Statement is a publication addendum template.
- An addendum can confirm rights the author retains after submitting an article to a publisher and being accepted for publication. Many contracts offered by publishers today can strictly limit distribution rights beyond the publisher’s venue.
- For a work to have greatest impact in the scholarly community, retaining or confirming the right to distribute one’s work more broadly, such as within a disciplinary repository, has the potential to reach many more readers. Many voices in higher education are advising authors to become conversant with contract language and to negotiate retaining enough rights to share their work widely in the scholarly community.
Additional sites about author addenda:
- From OASIS, the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook, overview of author rights and addenda
- From Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition SPARC: an analysis about retaining rights and text of a publisher contract addendum
- From Science Commons, Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine
- Licenses and other tools from Creative Commons
- Peter Hirtle. Author addenda: An Examination of Five Alternatives. D-Lib Magazine 12(11) November 2006.