These resources support scholarly publishing by assisting you in determining your rights as an author, understanding copyright, evaluating journals and discovering potential dissemination outlets.
Author's Rights & Publishing
What are your rights as an author?
As the author of an article, you (and any co-authors), are the owner(s) of the copyright in that work. This means that you have the exclusive right to use that work - to distribute it, publish it, make copies of it, share it, etc. Most publishers' when accepting your article for publication require a Copyright Transfer Agreement. Signing this agreement may limit your ability to use and share your work, and you may need to seek permission from the publisher to make uses such as placing your work in a course pack, placing copies on print or electronic reserves, posting a copy on your website, or distributing copies to colleagues.
What can you do?
Find out what rights your journal usually provides.
Sherpa Search by journal title, publisher or ISSN to review the default copyright and self-archiving policies for publishers and journals (individual authors may have negotiated different rights). From these reports you can determine the rights you may still hold to your work and/or your ability to post and share your article once published.
Use an Author's Addemdum to the Copyright Transfer Agreement
An author addendum is a legally-binding document used to modify the terms of a journal/publisher's Copyright Transfer Agreement.
Where do I get an author addendum?
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) together with Science Commons has created standard addendums (for immediate release, delayed release and access-reuse) that may be used by faculty/authors in any discipline (and with any publication). It is a simple matter to complete the addendum and attach it to the publisher's CTA before submitting it.
HOW TO USE THE SPARC/Science Commons AUTHOR ADDENDUM
1. Select and print the Science Commons Author Addendum of your choice from our Addendum Engine.
2. On the printed version of the Addendum you have chosen, fill in the name of your article, the journal name, the authors’ names, and the publisher’s name, as indicated.
3. Sign and date the Author’s Addendum.
4. Sign and date the publisher’s agreement. Immediately below your signature on the publisher’s form, write: “Subject to attached Addendum.” This is very important because you want to make clear that your signature is a sign that you accept the publisher’s agreement only if the publisher accepts your Addendum.
5. Make a copy of all three documents (the publisher’s form, your Addendum, and your cover letter) for your records.
6. Staple the three original documents together.
7. Mail the three original documents to the publisher.
Get More Information
SPARC Resources for Authors
Practical guidance when submitting journal articles; help to negotiate author's rights and alternative publishing options.
Science Commons Author Addendum FAQ
Creative Commons Licensing Guide
Share your work widely for more impact by licensing others to copy, distribute and/or transmit the work. An easy-to-use License Chooser is available.
PSU Copyright Website
The United States Copyright Office
OUS Intellectual Property Policies and Guidelines
Portland State University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office's Copyright, Fair Use and Education web site
Provides overviews of copyright law, fair use for education, libraries and copyright, author's rights and permissions.
Copyright Crash Course
A useful (and fast) overview of copyright law and rights published by the University of Texas Austin.
Code Of Best Practices In Fair Use For Academic And Research Libraries
Developed by the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Social Media American University the code presents an "easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education."
Journal Evaluation Tools
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Searchable by title, subject or publisher, the JCR allows you to identify the most frequently cited journals in a field, as well as a journal's Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, Article Influence score, citation counts and other data. Only the journals with the highest impact factors (using JCR's metrics) are included.
Eigenfactor Search Tool
Use this tool to learn the Article Influence (AI), a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations and comparable to Impact Factor and the Eigenfactor (EF), a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year
SCImago Journal & Country Rank
Use this resource to evaluate journals indexed in the science and social science database Scopus. Rankings include SCImage Journal Rank (SJR), H Index, as well as comparisons among journal titles, journal documents, total cites and cites per document. Countries can be sorted by total of published documents, document citations, cites per document and H Index.
Journal Cost Effectiveness 2011 Search Tool
Use this search engine to find internationally-published journals and rank them by price per article or citation.
Reference source for finding suitable publication outlets for graduate students and faculty in business, economics and education disciplines. Each entry includes the following information: editor contact information, manuscript guidelines, acceptance rate, review type process & time, number of reviewers, type of readership.
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Search for journals by title or browse by subject. Every journal is assigned to one or more subject areas and each entry includes data on journal audience and peer review/refereed status. Entries also provide institutional prices (what libraries pay), publication frequency, publisher info, as well as a list of how and where researchers can find the journal's articles (indexing/abstracting and article access). Ulrich's covers titles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
The Directory of Open Access Journals
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They cover all subjects and languages and there are now over 5,550 journals in the directory. Currently, more than 2300 journals are searchable at article level and there are over 457,412 articles accessible via the database.
Tools for tracking your publications
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
Make your work easier to find among the global network of scholarship. ORCHID "provides a persistent identifier that unambiguously distinguishes you as the author or creator of your published works in systems that adopt ORCID"
Google Scholar Citations
A simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics.
Web of Science Citation Searching (tutorial)
While ISI (the publisher of Web of Science) is selective in the journals it includes in its databases, citation searching in Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index are useful methods of tracking citations to your works.
Evaluation of Scholarship
Tenure and Promotion
The landscape of scholarly communication has changed. Faculty evaluation is largely based on recognition of scholarship. Does the culture of faculty evaluation need to adapt to this changing landscape?
Modern Language Association Report on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion
U.C. Berkeley Center for the Study of Higher Education Report: Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: It's Meaning, Locus, and Future
University Press Angle
AAUP Statement on Open Access