STM Conversation on Author Rights

Publisher copyright agreements: why these are needed and what researchers/authors and their institutions and funders should know about them.

Authors automatically have rights in the works they write as their creators, but these may be subject to requirements from their institutions, funders and/or publishers to assign or license those rights to them.  As an example, institutions may put this in an employment contract, funders may put it in a grant agreement and publishers may have a copyright transfer or licensing agreement as a precondition to publishing. 

In this moderated conversation, we will talk about topics such as why authors are asked by publishers to sign a copyright agreement and the different varieties of agreements that they might encounter. 

Who should attend: All involved in scholarly publishing: Authors, researchers, reviewers, funders, librarians 

Free to attend


Introduction/setting the scene by Sarah Fricker, Group Head of Legal, IOP Group

Leslie Lansman, Global Permissions Manager, Springer Nature

Rebecca Cook, Associate Director Copyright and Permissions, Wiley

Panel discussion and Q&A  


Relevant Resources

Debunking Myths about Authors' & Researchers' Rights (PDF)

Authors Rights in Scholarly Publishing (PDF)


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