Managing Your Intellectual Property

Do you have questions about the contracts that publishers require before publishing your article?  Have you read and understood the contract fully?  Do you have the right to post your article on your personal or department website?  
The University of California “Reshaping Scholarly Communication” website ( can help you navigate these issues. Topics include:

  • why authors should consider retaining all or a portion of the copyright to their work
  • how authors should manage the rights they assign to publishers
  • what options authors have in negotiating contracts with potential publishers
  • templates for changing the wording of publication agreements
  • sample addenda that allow more freedom for use of your published work
  • options for alternative forms of publishing, such as open access and self-archiving
  • ways your colleagues can influence the scholarly publishing system by wielding influence with societies and publishers.   

Managing your intellectual property can maximize the reach and impact of your work.   The UCSB Library is here to help.  If you have questions about your rights as an author, or about any facet of publishing and scholarly communication, please contact your subject librarian (online directory at or Sherri L. Barnes, barnes [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.