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Author's Rights

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Digital distribution and changes in the law are transforming the way that scholars share their work. The CDSC offers legal guidance to help you understand the issues and to support your publication decisions. We have more information about the challenges in the current publication environment.

We also offer more information about publication agreements, the central legal instrument in the academic world and specific issues such as rights reversion for scholarly monographs.

Protect Your Rights and Promote Your Work

Protect your right to use your own work

The CDSC provides tools and expertise that can help you negotiate the legal and policy issues surrounding your publication decisions. The SPARC addendum can be added to any contract to retain specific rights. You can also schedule a consultation to review your publication agreement and consider specific language to address your needs as an author.

Open Access: help your work be read and cited more often

Many authors also choose to make their work available without restriction by making it "open access" (OA). Although OA is a relatively new practice a scholarly consensus is already developing that OA publication has a readership and citation advantage. If you are interested in making your scholarship open access you can review these tools or schedule a consultation to discuss OA publication options.

Help you negotiate ownership issues surrounding joint authorship, faculty-student collaboration, and institutional shop rights

The CDSC is here to help you understand rights issues and to adjudicate disputes about ownership. If you are just beginning a collaborative project you may wish to consult NCSU's policy on ownership. If you have questions about ownership at any point you can also contact the CDSC.

Read more about publishing in the Publishing at NCSU FAQ.

RSC’s (Royal Society of Chemistry) Gold for Gold Initiative

Gold for Gold is an innovative experiment from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) that enables researchers to publish their articles in RSC journals free of charge, as an Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal Article Publication Fee (APF).  As a subscribing institution to the RSC, NCSU currently has 22 vouchers to offer researchers for OA publishing on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Each voucher code can be used to publish a communication, full paper, or review under the RSC’s Gold Open Access option.

To be considered for the OA Gold for Gold publishing voucher, the article must be:

  •  A new, unpublished work that has been accepted for publication in an RSC journal. A voucher code cannot be used until an article has been accepted.  
  •  The article must be authored by a researcher affiliated with NCSU.
  •  Once an article manuscript is accepted, the author must request a Gold for Gold voucher code from their NCSU’s representative who oversees the dissemination of the voucher codes (see below) to be submitted into the Gold for Gold online acceptance form (to be completed by the author).
  •  While the article is being copy-edited, typeset and proofread, the voucher code will be authenticated. Upon publication, the article will then be accessible to all as a Gold Open Access article.

If you would like to obtain an RSC Gold for Gold voucher code, please contact Will Cross ( or 919-513-2416).

For program FAQ’s, please visit

NIH Compliance


National Institutes for Health

"The National Institute of Health (NIH) is committed to ensuring that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication."

Does This Policy Apply to You?

This Policy applies to you if your peer-reviewed article is based on research that meets one or more of the following categories:

  • Research directly funded in any part by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008) or beyond;
  • Research directly funded in any part by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008;
  • Research directly funded in any part by the NIH Intramural Program;
  • NIH pays your salary.

Support for NIH-Funded Scholars

NCSU subject librarians and the CDSC are here to help you achieve compliance with the mandate to make research related to your NIH funding available through PubMed Central.  We can help you:

  • Figure out whether you are already in compliance with the mandate for public access to your NIH-funded research
  • Guide you in reviewing the publication agreements for your future and past articles to see whether or not your publishers will be making your work available, or whether you will need to directly submit your manuscripts
  • Work with you to create or maintain a My Bibliography account in MyNCBI that contains both your articles indexed by PubMed, and any funded research articles published in journals not indexed by PubMed
  • Help you or your delegate submit published manuscripts to PubMed Central when needed
  • Help you or your delegate use your ERA Commons account for linking your PubMed Central article IDs to your grant progress reports
  • Help train your students or collaborators or delegates to assist with maintaining your funded research projects' compliance

The NIH mandate

NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Submission Process

NIH Public Access FAQ

NIH Manuscript Submission

Guidance on Compliance with the NIH Mandate

Journals That Submit All NIH-Funded Final Published Articles to PubMed Central

Kevin Smith's "Managing Copyright for NIH Public Access: Strategies to Ensure Compliance"

NCSU Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services

My NCBI – New Features for My Bibliography for eRA Commons Users

Manage Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy in My NCBI