Do you want as many people as possible to read your research?
Do you want it to be accessible not just by academics, but also by journalists, policy makers and the general public?
Open access (OA) publishing is the best way to ensure that your important research reaches as many readers as possible.
Strong evidence shows that publishing in open access formats increases citation rates by around 50% open access has also been shown to increase the longevity of an article’s relevance, as well as significantly increasing mentions in social media.
An increasing number of traditional journals now give permissions to publish in OA publications. You can check publisher’s position in Sherpa RoMEO database of publisher copyright policies.
Need more information or support? Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.
Negotiating a publishing contract can be difficult at the best of times. However, now that grant funding bodies such as the NHMRC are making it a requirement that resulting research publications be made publically available on open access, the negotiations around the publishing contract becomes even more important.
To make the potential negotiation process a little simpler the University of Sydney Library, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel, have developed an Addendum Generator which creates the addendum for you.
All you need to do is to complete the four fields on the form and the ‘generator’ will create the text. Then sign the form and add it to the original contract.
Essentially the addendum allows
- use, reproduce, distribute, create derivatives of the work in electronic, digital or print form in connection with your teaching, conference presentations, lectures, other scholarly works, and for all your academic and professional activities.
- authorise others to make, the final published version of the work available in digital form over the Internet,
Your institution to:
- provide an electronic version of the work to be made publicly available in an open access repository for any scholarly purpose only.
- authorise the NHMRC, the ARC or any other public research funding body to make a copy of the peer-reviewed manuscript of the work available for public access no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.
Next time you come to sign a publisher contract think about what you are signing and remember to not sign your rights away.
Sten Christensen, Repository Coordinator, Sydney eScholarship
T 02 9351 7407
Sten Christensen, Sydney eScholarship, University of Sydney Library
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