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Legal Scholar Publishing

Author Rights

To disseminate your scholaship to the widest possible audience, make sure you retain the right to post your work to repositories including the BePress Legal Repository and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Most law school affiliated journals will not have a problem with this as long as you also post the journal citation.

When you publish with a commercially produced journal rather than a law school journal, the rights you retain as the author will vary depending upon the publisher. SPARC has produced a brochure identifying the rights faculty have as copyright holders and providing  advice on how to retain rights to ensure the broadest practical access to your articles. SPARC also developed an Author Addendum to help you retain rights and offer tips on what to do if a publisher rejects the addendum. These resources and other information on author rights and publication agreements follow.

Examples of Publisher Agreements/Author Rights Pages

Web Resources on Copyright

The following resources provide guidance for determining when you need to request permission to reprint copyrighted material.

Reprints and Permission

The following resources provide helpful advice on seeking and tracking permissions, including sample letters.

  • Susan M. Bielstein, Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property, Coe Library KF3050 .B54 and ebook. 
  • Stephen Fishman, The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know  Law Library KF2995 .F53 2017
  • Lee Wilson, Fair Use, Free Use and Use by Permission: How to Handle Copyrights in All Media Law Library KF2995 .W477 2005
  • University of Texas Copyright Crash Course: Getting Permission

Collective licensing agencies are often the fastest way to obtain reprint permission. For more information on these agencies, see the links in the Web Resources box above. Most publishers post guidelines on how to seek reprints or permissions on their website, and may even provide a form for submitting such requests. The following are some publisher specific pages for seeking permission:

Creative Commons

Creative Commons provides copyright licensing options in order to select the manner in which you agree that your work may be used.