Open Access Tenure: Self-Archiving Revisited

I had a couple of other topics I wanted to talk about this week but we’ll go back to what’s currently turning my stomach: author self-archiving rights.

I just got the author contract for a book chapter I turned in last fall.  It’s only been four months, I assume that’s a relatively speedy turn around?

It’s only a one page contract, so there wasn’t a lot of legalese to wade through. There is one clause I take exception to though: “All rights are assigned to the editors” (who then hand them over to the publisher). Now, I asked for self-archiving rights when the manuscript was accepted in December.  At that point, my editor said it shouldn’t be an issue. However, it’s not listed on the Writer’s Agreement form I’m being asked to sign.

And so, I emailed back and asked how they’d like me to handle that. One colleague suggested that I print, add the addendum, initial, sign, and return.  It may come down to that.  What I would prefer is that I will get an updated contract that says that I reserve the right to self-archive in an institutional repository.

I’ll update once I get an answer.

One Comment

  1. Comment by J.:

    This is always a burr in my side. I work for the Federal Government, so I never need to worry about this. I can’t sign away my rights because I don’t have any. We have a nice form that we include with the contract that explains it all. More Institutions need to do the same thing.
    Dear Publisher –
    We paid her for this work so we have the right to it forever, in perpetuity. So there. Thhhh!
    John Smith, PhD, MIA, PITA, CIO,
    President of the University of Nowhere.

    That would make it so much easier on institutional authors and repositories everywhere.