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Biomedical Publishing

Copyright and Author Rights

When you create a work, such as a research article, you hold its copyright. However, many publishers require that you sign over your copyright in the author agreement that you sign upon acceptance.

It is important to read your author agreement carefully, so that you know whether you will be able to:

  • Post your work on your own web site or share your work with colleagues
  • Add your work to an institutional or government repository
  • Publish work that was initially shared as a preprint
  • Post an author manuscript or other pre-publication copy

If you are unsure what terms you agreed to, consult SHERPA/RoMEO, an open database of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies.

Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy

The Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy was approved in 2015 and provides for scholarly journal articles to be made open access in the Dartmouth Digital Commons and for authors to retain their copyright. A Publication Agreement Amendment is available as an addition to author agreements in support of this policy.

Determining Authorship