Don't You Forget about Green: Negotiating Author-Publisher Agreements to Retain Key Rights

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Lightning Talk

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Zoom. Recording Coming Soon!

Start Date

16-4-2024 1:00 PM

End Date

16-4-2024 1:20 PM

Description

Self-archiving continues to serve as a powerful means of making scholarship available open access (OA). In the case of scholarship that would otherwise be placed behind a paywall, self-archiving plays a key role in ensuring any interested reader may access the content at no charge. Often referred to as ‘green OA,’ self-archiving is distinguished from the publisher’s own provision of a scholarly work. It involves the fee-free distribution of a version of an author’s work, typically from an open repository or the author’s own website. Self-archiving is made possible through institutional OA policies, funder OA policies, and publisher policies (as instantiated in author-publisher agreements). Yet, as far as these policies reach, there remain gaps that require different approaches. In this presentation, I will discuss one such approach: negotiating author-publisher agreements. I will share the circumstances under which negotiating to secure self-archiving rights may be viable; how to guide authors through the process; and make the case for tailoring provisions over using blanket addenda. While there can be no guaranteed results, authors are well-positioned for success when they are informed, empowered, and specific in the terms presented to the publisher.

Author Bios

Colleen Cressman is the Librarian for Open Publishing at Harvard Library. She investigates, supports, and develops initiatives and services that advance no-fee open-access publishing. She also advises authors of ways to provide open access to their scholarship through rights-retention policies and by negotiating key terms of their publishing agreements.

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Apr 16th, 1:00 PM Apr 16th, 1:20 PM

Don't You Forget about Green: Negotiating Author-Publisher Agreements to Retain Key Rights

Zoom. Recording Coming Soon!

Self-archiving continues to serve as a powerful means of making scholarship available open access (OA). In the case of scholarship that would otherwise be placed behind a paywall, self-archiving plays a key role in ensuring any interested reader may access the content at no charge. Often referred to as ‘green OA,’ self-archiving is distinguished from the publisher’s own provision of a scholarly work. It involves the fee-free distribution of a version of an author’s work, typically from an open repository or the author’s own website. Self-archiving is made possible through institutional OA policies, funder OA policies, and publisher policies (as instantiated in author-publisher agreements). Yet, as far as these policies reach, there remain gaps that require different approaches. In this presentation, I will discuss one such approach: negotiating author-publisher agreements. I will share the circumstances under which negotiating to secure self-archiving rights may be viable; how to guide authors through the process; and make the case for tailoring provisions over using blanket addenda. While there can be no guaranteed results, authors are well-positioned for success when they are informed, empowered, and specific in the terms presented to the publisher.