Author Agreement Example

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I worked with Sandra Enimil, Director of the Copyright Resource Center, and Maureen Walsh, Director of the Knowledge Bank Program, to develop a standard author`s agreement. After several rounds of review and audits by legal advisors at the university, we finally have a project that satisfies us all. The agreement must be modular, with sections that can be added or deleted to support different licensing agreements (such as Creative Commons) and submission procedures (like the first part, about them, which takes effect upon adoption). I would also like to stress that it is not intentional to be a single solution, even with modularity, and we really expect that individual magazines – and sometimes even individual articles – will require changes. For example, I just helped a student magazine adapt it to both the acceptance of the author and his advisor, and I collaborated with the editor of another magazine (and Sandra, probably tired of me now) to add a provision for an author who wanted to exclude the images in their submission of the Creative Commons license applied to the text. The author is aware that the publisher may grant the same rights to Journal. In addition, the author grants both Journal and Publisher the right to enter into agreements with third parties that grant these third-party companies one or all of the rights granted by the Publisher author. The above rights may include the rights necessary to index and consolidate the bid. Authors are required to submit an author`s contract form immediately after the manuscript is accepted.

The corresponding author of the manuscript can sign and send the form on behalf of all co-authors. The author`s consent form must be sent to the editor before the manuscript is published in the journal. The OSU Libraries` Publishing Program has grown as an extension of the Knowledge Bank, our deposit program, and these two continue to share a lot of things. Some of these hubs, such as a common platform (DSpace, used to publish some of our magazines) and common employees, are an advantage for both programs. In other cases, we have taken something from the repository site that may not be best suited for publication. I recently found one when I realized that the knowledge bank licensing agreement, which we had used as an author`s agreement for our magazines, did not contain some important provisions for magazine publishing. For example, there is nothing in our KB license that would give the magazine the right to enter the article into an object database for the indication and recognition of the full text. When one of our editors was contacted by an index service and asked to index the full text of their review, I had to shyly tell them that even if the risk was very low, they would most likely infringe the copyrights of their authors. We also didn`t know who the licensee was to be – did the author grant rights to OSU libraries? The Journal? When the license was adapted for different publications, the licensee changed until we had a confused and embarrassing diversity. As I am sure we are not the only ones fighting in this area, I wanted to share the agreement here.