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Publish Your Research

A guide to finding the best places to publish your research and practices that maximize your impact.

Understand Your Rights

Once your article has been accepted for publication in a journal, there are steps you can take to ensure it has the widest distribution and impact possible.

  1. Negotiate with the publishers to retain the most rights for your content, such as the right to reuse your content in your teaching or deposit your work in Niner Commons. You can learn more about author rights via the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), or make a consultation request with Arnetta Girardeau (, Copyright Librarian, to help with evaluating and negotiating your author agreement.

  2. Transfer to the publisher only those rights needed for publication via an author addendum. See this sample author addendum from SPARC.

  3. Specify other rights of particular value to you or your home institution.

  4. Consider publishing with an organization that will facilitate the widest availability of your work in order to help you fulfill your personal and professional goals as a scholar.


Five basic rights of authors

You can negotiate to keep some or all of these rights.

  1. Right to Reproduce

  2. Right to Prepare Derivative Works

  3. Right to Distribute

  4. Right to Display Publicly (related to artistic works)

  5. Right to Perform Publicly (related to musical or dramatic works)


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