Questions regarding copyrights, royalties and control are part of the market between the university, the author and the publisher. In sum, contracts entered into between parties could differ; and the market is undeniably changing.
EUR shares the view that the contents of academic publications financed with public funds should be readily accessible via the Internet. Our institutional repository is therefore principally a public digital archive. That does not mean that the interests of publishers are not respected. Agreements between authors and their publishers are always honoured by the library.
However, authors are often able to negotiate more leeway with their publishers for reuse of articles than they realise.
To make it easier to take advantage of such leeway, the library has drawn up a standard letter, which it would like authors to add to the contracts entered into with publishers.
Naturally, you are free to decide to which journal or publisher you wish to subject your articles for publication. Academic interest, quality and dissemination should be your primary criteria for this.
However, the library makes every effort to keep track of the terms and conditions employed by academic publishers in the area of Open Access. They also ask that you take the publisher’s standpoint into consideration when making a choice. This is in your own interest and in the interest of Erasmus University – but it is especially important for the people you wish to reach with your publication.
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RePub has for your convenience added examples of letters, which you can use with the contract of your publisher.
|American example - Transfer copyright||-|
|American example - Keep copyright||-|