Authors are required to submit an author`s agreement form immediately upon acceptance of the manuscript. The corresponding author of the manuscript may sign and submit the form on behalf of all co-authors. The author agreement form must have been received by the editor before the manuscript is published in the journal. As I am sure that we are not the only ones fighting in this area, I wanted to share the agreement here. Please feel free to adopt, adapt or draw on it. To break the confusion and make our rights agreements work for all parties, I worked with Sandra Enimil, director of the Copyright Resources Center, and Maureen Walsh, director of the Knowledge Bank program, to develop a standard author agreement. After several rounds of review and verification by a legal advisor of the university, we finally have a proposal that we are all satisfied with. The agreement must be modular, with sections that can be added or removed to support different licensing agreements (such as Creative Commons) and submission procedures (such as the first part that will come into effect upon adoption). I would also like to emphasise that it is not intended to be a one-size-fits-all, even with modularity, and we fully expect individual journals – and sometimes even individual articles – to require changes. For example, I just helped a student magazine adapt it to contain both the author`s acceptance and that of his advisor, and I worked with the publisher of another magazine (and Sandra, who is probably tired of me now) to add a provision for an author who wanted to exclude images in her Creative Commons license filing, which has been applied to the text. The author agrees that each subsequent publication of the presentation indicates the place of initial publication and contains a link to the journal`s website. [Creative Commons section if applicable] [Journal Name] is published under a license [Creative Commons license name] to allow certain types of unauthorized reuse. By launching this Agreement, the author agrees to apply a license [name of Creative Commons license] to the repository upon publication.

By filing this Agreement, the undersigned author of Ohio State University, on behalf of the Knowledge Bank, grants its academic libraries (hereinafter referred to as „publishers“) the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate, display and/or publish the repository (including the abstract) as part of the [name of journal] of [company name] („magazine“) in print and electronic form and in any media. spread out. They also agree that the publisher may create and retain more than one copy for preservation, security and backup purposes. You represent that as sole author and/or on behalf of your co-authors, you are entitled to grant the rights contained in this Agreement. You also declare that in your soul and conscience, your deposit does not infringe the copyright of persons. If the contribution contains materials for which you do not own copyright, you represent that you have obtained full permission from the copyright owner to give the publisher the rights to this agreement and that such material is clearly identified and acknowledged in the text or content of the contribution. . . .