With Open Access policy, authors share copyright with the University through a nonexclusive license. This means that authors’ works can be distributed electronically via a repository like ScholarSphere. The author maintains all copyright ownership and is free to transfer partial or full rights to another publisher.
It is important for you to know your rights as an author. Unless your transfer rights, you are the exclusive copyright holder for your work. As such, an author addendum provides you with a way to confirm the rights you retain after submitting an article to a publisher that is for publication. Many contracts offered by publishers today can strictly limit distribution rights beyond the publisher’s venue. The BTAA, in support of author rights over the sharing of their research, provides an Authors Addendum for use when assigning rights to a prospective publisher.
For guidance and additional information about author rights visit the Copyright Information Office website.