Many journals and publishers require that a scholar sign copyrights to them, either partially or in full, when publishing work. Signing away copyrights often prevents authors from posting making free copies of their work on personal websites or electronic course reserves.
When publishing new articles, attach an addendum to publisher agreements so that you can keep the rights to use and distribute your own works. Visit the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine to create a quick and easy addendum for your negotiations with publishers.
Make sure you have the rights to re-use and re-distribute your own works in classes and on ScholarWorks without copyright infringement:
Faculty and institutions across the country are creating alternatives to exclusive publishing agreements so that scholarship is made more widely available to the people who could benefit from it.