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Journal publisher's copyright policies can vary greatly, leaving authors at a tremendous disadvantage when managing their publishing activities. Not only are copyright transfer agreements confusing, they can also use misleading or threatening language. Because of this, professors often feel that they will not be able to publish their work unless they sign the agreement. Additionally, many faculty are not aware of their author rights or other ways that their work be could disseminated. This is particularly concerning for research that is supported through taxpayer money. Publications resulting from federal grants are often only accessible to individuals affiliated with a university that can afford a subscription to those journals.

This presentation will help librarians understand the importance of author rights and how critical copyright transfer agreements are in the publishing process. Participants will review actual copyright transfer agreements, learn about common language used by publishers, and understand how these agreements can impact research dissemination.