Scholarly Communication and Publishing is a unit of the Library’s Office of Research. The unit coordinates the library’s user-facing services and infrastructure associated with publishing, open access, copyright, research profiles, digital humanities, and digital repositories for scholarly publications (including IDEALS).
Components of a research article
Research articles will generally have some version of the following headings, however you may not see all of these and you may see some that are not listed.
Abstract – helps to determine relevance of article to the reader’s interests
Purpose of the study/hypothesis/problem statement
Summary/conclusion/ideas for future studies/implications
Tables, charts, figures, statistical data (throughout the article)
The Writers Workshop supports all writers in the campus community across all forms of academic and professional writing, at any stage of the writing process. We offer writing groups, writing-related presentations, and writing consultations where we provide feedback on essays, research papers, personal statements, cover letters, theses and dissertations, manuscripts for publication, presentations, digital compositions, and anything between and beyond.
Authors are typically asked to sign legally binding contracts such as a publication agreement or a copyright transfer agreement (both legally binding contracts) usually transferring ownership of copyright to the publisher who then determines how you may use your own work. They are written by publishers and may capture more of your rights than are necessary to publish the work. Ensuring the agreement is balanced and has a clear statement of your rights is up to you.
"An author addendum is a proposed modification to a publisher's standard copyright transfer agreement. If accepted, it would allow the author to retain key rights, especially the right to authorize OA. Because an addendum is merely a proposed contract modification, a publisher may accept or reject it."
By strategically managing the contract negotiation conversation with your publisher, you will place yourself in a good bargaining position to retain copyright to your article (even if your initial request is rejected). The steps outlined below will help you retain the rights that you need to further develop and disseminate your work following its publication.