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Author Rights and Publishing Contracts

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MIT-Libraries: Managing your Copyright (... Sample Publication Agreement, Sample Publisher’s Contract)

Forschungszentrum Jülich: Copyright: Autorenverträge günstiger gestalten (Research Center Jülich: Copyright: formulating author contracts more beneficially)

Frequently, guidelines of publishing houses are not clearly and consistently formulated. If in doubt, you should request the consent of the respective publishing house directly. If you need assistance with the clarificaton of rights issues, please get in touch with us.

Publication of Your Article in an Open Access Journal Regardless of Your Publishing Contract

According to paragraph 38 (1) of German Copyright Law (in German), the author may reproduce and distribute his or her work after a one-year period of publication, unless otherwise agreed.

According to paragraph 38 (4) of German Copyright Law (in German), authors are granted the inalienable right to publish the accepted manuscript version of their scholarly or scientific work online after a waiting period of twelve months. However, the following four conditions have to be fulfilled:
First, at least half of the research project must have been financed from public funds. Second, the article in question must have been published in a periodical that has at least two volumes per year. Moreover, the online publication may not be used to pursue commercial purposes and the source of the primary publication has to be mentioned clearly.

Further Information (in German)

FAQ - Open Access and Legal Aspects of Second Publication
(Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen)

FAQ - Open Access and Legal Aspects of Second Publication
(iuwis - Infrastruktur Urheberrecht für Wissenschaft und Bildung)

Scheme on the Applicability of paragraph 38 (4) of German Copyright Law
(Hartmann, Thomas: FAQ-Check für das neue Zweitverwertungsrecht gem. § 38 Abs. 4 UrhG, Handout für die Open-Access-Tage 2013, 02.10.2013, Hamburg)

FAQ – Was erlaubt das neue Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht?
(Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen)

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