Copyright law grants exclusive rights to the copyright owner:
The copyright owner also has the ability to give these rights to someone else or share them. Authors should be aware of their rights as copyright owners, and they should be aware of rights they may give away when signing publisher agreements.
The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal document that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons.
How to use the SPARC Addendum:
Protect your right to post your work in the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC).
The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) is the free digital archive for articles published by Jefferson authors, Jefferson-sponsored journals, and historical materials from the University Archives and Special Collections. Since 2006, the JDC has had over one million full-text downloads. The goal of the Commons is to enhance the visibility of Jefferson scholarship and to promote Jefferson authors. Articles deposited in the Commons are indexed by Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo, Scirus and other major search engines, thereby extending the influence of your work and encouraging additional citations. Join the growing number of Jefferson authors who have their work freely available online.
Portions of this page were adapted from http://www.sparc.arl.org/resources/authors/addendum under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The information presented in this guide is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Matters of law are subject to interpretation, and University Counsel is the source of authoritative information for Thomas Jefferson University. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to Thomas Jefferson University, please contact the Office of University Counsel.