Preserve Rights to Your Own Work
Do not automatically sign the publisher's "Copyright Transfer Agreement."
Use the Addendum To Publication Agreements For CIC Authors (.doc) or the SPARC Author Addendum when you submit a publication to a publisher. Find out more about UIC's support of the CIC addendum.
Alternatively, you can alter the publishing contract by crossing out the original exclusive transfer language in the publication contract that your publisher provides and replace it with text such as the following: The author grants to the Publisher exclusive first publication rights in the Work, and further grants a non-exclusive license for other uses of the Work for the duration of its copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. The Publisher shall include a notice in the Work saying "© [Author's Name]. Readers of this article may copy it without the copyright owner's permission, if the author and publisher are acknowledged in the copy and copy is used for educational, not-for-profit purposes.” For more information see: Non-Exclusive Use, Author's Rights, Tout de Suite and SPARC's Author Rights