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Author's Rights and Publishing Contracts: More Resources

How do I find and secure usage rights for my work?

Keeping Your Copyrights

What rights would you like to retain when you publish? What does the contract the publisher sent you mean? Although we cannot act as your attorney, staff in the Scholarly Communications Office will be glad to discuss what your contract means and what your options are for retaining rights.

Here are some tools to help you retain rights when you publish:

Regaining Rights To Your Books

Determining Your Rights for Previously Published Work

If you transferred your copyright to the publisher at the time of publication, your right to re-use the content in teaching and publication may be restricted. To determine your rights, take the following steps:

  • If you have it, check your original publishing agreement.
  • Look for the specific publisher's policies on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
  • Contact the publisher.