Author Addenda: Retain rights to your work 

Creating an author addenda form can preserve your rights to your work and allow you more freedom to share your work with others. Some examples of rights you may want to retain:

  1. Using data or other content within an article.
  2. Sharing your work in online repositories such as the Open Repository @ Binghamton (ORB).
  3. Addressing requirements from federal funders (such as the NIH) to make work publicly available.

The simplest place to create an addendum to your publishing agreement form is the SPARC Addendum to Publishing Agreement. 

There are some additional considerations when creating addenda forms:

  • Consider talking to colleagues who have previously worked with your publisher to get a better sense of what they may be willing to do.
  • Addenda must be signed by the publisher in order to be effective. It's best to keep a signed copy of your publishing agreement and a signed copy of the addendum for your records.
  • The following brief addendum applies in the special case where your only concern is compliance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy:
    The research embodied in this article was conducted with grant support from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). In order to comply with NIH regulations, issued pursuant to U.S. federal law, the Author hereby reserves the right to deposit this paper in PubMed Central, a public open access digital repository, subject to an embargo period not to exceed twelve months from the date of publication. 

Questions? Contact the Libraries' Director of Assessment and Scholarly Communications: Elizabeth Brown, (607) 777-4882.

Last Updated: 3/1/18