New! EIFL guide on Rights Retention and Secondary Publishing Rights
EIFL launches a new guide on Rights Retention and Secondary Publishing Rights, powerful tools to boost the achievement of open access to research.

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EIFL has published a new guide on Rights Retention and Secondary Publishing Rights to support researchers and authors in EIFL partner countries

Authors (or in some cases, their institutions) hold copyright in the work they produce. When a research manuscript is accepted for publication, the author is deemed to have entered into an agreement with the publisher. A traditional publishing agreement often restricts the immediate sharing and reuse of the work in open access because it entails either the transfer of copyright or the assignment of rights from the author (or the institution) to the publisher. 

Rights Retention and a Secondary Publishing Right are two ways to address these issues in support of open access and open science.

The new  guide, ‘Rights Retention and Secondary Publishing Rights. An EIFL Guide for Libraries', aims to raise awareness of Rights Retention and Secondary Publishing Rights in EIFL partner countries. Jointly produced by the EIFL programmes on Open Access and Copyright and Libraries, the guide sets out the key issues, how researchers can benefit, and how libraries can support their researchers in the process. The guide also includes a list of useful resources for those seeking further information.

The guide was launched at an EIFL webinar on 12 June 2024. In the webinar, Milica Ševkušić, EIFL Open Access Project Coordinator and Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager presented the new guide, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager.