1. Scholarly work is more visible and discoverable, leveraging existing investment in institutional repositories
2. Authors or universities retain the right to make scholarly works open access and authors can benefit from a potential citation advantage
3. Increased compliance with institutional open access policies
4. Improved researcher compliance with funder open access policies
5. Clearer communication of reuse rights via consistent licensing
From the CAUL Intellectual property rights retention in scholarly works at Australian universities report, 2020.
It is sometimes possible to negotiate with publishers to retain some or all of your publishing and open access rights. At the very least, you should try to retain the right to self-archive a copy of your work an institutional repository by using an addendum to the Publishing Agreement.
An author's addendum is a legal document that modifies the publisher's agreement and allows authors to keep rights to their work. Listed below are some free resources which can help authors negotiate contract terms with publishers:
Establishing a unique author/researcher identity is an important step to improving your research visibility and impact. There are a variety of options for creating a unique identity, with ORCID being the latest development. ORCID is well supported by many publishers.
SPARC have released this two-minute video to help authors on the topic of author rights. The video explains in simple terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights.
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