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About Copyrights and Author Rights

If you have published an article in the past, you most likely had to sign a Copyright Form, granting the publisher the rights to your article. Did you know exactly what you signed?

You may have read carefully the Copyright Agreement when you published your last paper. Still, if you publish again soon, be sure to read it again as there have been changes in the Copyright Policies of certain publishers this year.

One particular aspect that is of interest to researchers is the issue of whether the author of a published article may or may not post the final PDF of the article on his/her personal or institutional web pages. Here is what the current Copyright Policies from four main publishers in the computer science areas have to say about the authors rights to post their work on their pages:

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How do you access the pdf of an article?

During the early Beta Testing period we asked our users the following question:

Given the link to the publisher provided, how do you access the pdf of an article?

The possible choices given were:

  • I can access the pdf because my institution has agreements with the publishers
  • I must rely on the pdf being freely available on the web
  • It would be good if Odysci can deliver it directly to me (even if there is a cost involved)

This question drew a good number of responses, shown in the chart below.

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