This guide offers tips for graduate students looking to publish their research in a variety of formats. In addition to consulting this guide, we highly recommend contacting a librarian in your subject area for guidance and advice specific to your field of study. While some of the services linked to in this guide are limited to the University of Michigan community, we have also included general advice and information relevant to graduate students everywhere.
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When you write an article, book, chapter, or other scholarly work, your publisher will ask you to sign an author's agreement. This document is sometimes also called a "publication agreement," or "copyright transfer agreement." This document will typically include a statement about who owns the copyright to the written work in question, any other (exclusive or non-exclusive) rights granted to you as the author and those reserved by your publisher, as well as terms for royalties (if applicable), and preferred methods of citation for the work.
Many author's agreements ask you to sign over your copyright to the publisher, making them the copyright holder for the written work in question. If you are agreeing to sign over your copyright, it is important to make sure you retain certain rights to your work. Things to look for include:
If you have questions about what your author's agreement means, contact the Copyright Office. If your author's agreement does not allow you to retain the rights listed above, you can use the U-M Author's Addendum to modify your author's agreement.