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What rights should I retain when I publish a work?

One thing many faculty will want to retain is the right to prepare or authorize derivative works like a new article based on previous scholarship, a collection of prior writings or a translation is valuable for scholars. Also, the right to post your article on a personal web site or to place it in a repository maintained by your institution or disciplinary organization is becoming increasingly important. Studies indicate that open access actually increases the visibility and citation of your work, so retaining the right to provide such access can be very beneficial.

Many faculty also want to use their own work in class, even after it has been published. The right to reproduce and distribute your work for non-commercial educational purposes should be retained. If, however, that right is not retained, the provisions provided for education and Fair Use apply, and you may use that protected publication in the same manner you would use any.