1. Anticipate your future needs to use the materials
- Consider how you or others will need to use your work in the future and request reasonable rights for yourself and your institution.
- Some basic rights you should try to reserve are:
2. Understand the publication agreement and the rights it gives you as an author
- Before signing the publication agreement read the fine print
- Ask questions to make sure you understand what rights it gives you as an author
- Consult with the UW-Madison Libraries who can help you understand the implications of the rights outlined in the publication agreement
3. Negotiate with the publisher to retain the rights you need
- Do not be afraid to negotiate. Publishers are interested in your work and are often used to getting such request.
- Use the tools below, which outline your options for managing copyright and resources that may facilitate your negotiations and consult with the Libraries for assistance
- If the publisher says “no”, make sure you understand why and then you can weigh your options: consider negotiating fewer rights for yourself, accept the agreement as it stands or consider another publisher. You must do what is right for you