Publisher contracts

As the author of an article, book chapter, book, conference paper or another document type you are automatically the copyright holder until the moment you transfer the copyright to a publisher in a signed agreement.

In a classic transfer agreement the publisher, as the new copyright holder, possesses the exclusive rights of reproduction, distribution, public performance, public display, and modification of your work. As you transferred your copyright without retaining some rights you must ask permission for any sorts of reuse. This means that you are not be able to place your work on course web sites, open online courses, copy it for students or colleagues or reuse portions in a subsequent work.

It is important to retain the rights you need!

There are two ways in order to retain (some of) your rights.

1.     Negotiate better conditions

Transferring copyright doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The Dutch copyright law allows you to transfer copyright while holding back rights for yourself and others.

Read the publication agreement with great care. Publishers’ agreements have traditionally been used to transfer copyright or key use rights from author to publisher. They are written in legal language and may capture more of your rights than are necessary to publish the work. Ensuring the agreement is balanced and has a clear statement of your rights is up to you? Please contact the copyright team as we can  assist you to check and improve the agreement.

Publishing agreements are negotiable. Publishers require only your permission to publish an article, book chapter or book not a wholesale transfer of copyright. Hold onto rights to make use of the work in ways that serve your needs and that promote education and research activities.

Value the copyright in your intellectual property. An academic text is often the culmination of years of study, research, and hard work. However, if you give away control in the copyright agreement, you may limit its use. Before transferring ownership of your intellectual output, understand the consequences and options.

2.     Publish your work Open Access

When you publish your book or your article open access the main advantage is that you retain all the copyrights while your work is available to a wider audience. Your work will be labelled as creative commons instead of the classical copyright statement, which allows optimal reuse of the material. TU Delft is a supporter of creative commons and encourages you to use this model.

Open access books and chapters are made available immediately on publication via the publisher’s platform. For longer works as books your work will be distributes as hard copies or printing on demand next to the ePub or PDF files which are both freely available to download and read for the readers.

To increase discoverability of your work, open access books and chapters are often listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Publishing open access often involves costs. Funding for open access articles is organized over the years. TU Delft offers a broad range of possibilities to sponsor your articles.

The market for open access books and books chapters is not mature right now. There is a lack of transparency in the structure of costs and a broad variety in the prices asked by publishers. TU Delft Library is nevertheless there to support you financially (partially) and to negotiate you the best conditions for your open access work.

TU Delft OPEN Publishing

TU Delft Open Publishing is a new open access publisher which can support you. We publish high-standard, peer-reviewed content authored or edited by academics of TU Delft, often in collaboration. TU Delft OPEN Publishing predominantly publishes books, journals, and textbooks, but, as an open access publisher, we seek to expand and include other types of scholarly content.

Publishing on TU Delft OPEN platform is free of charge for the institution’s authors. Contributions may be required for specific needs such as design or extensive language editing.

All your questions can be adressed to library@tudelft.nl