The OSU Library Publishing Program was created as an extension of the Knowledge Bank, our deposit program, and the two continue to share a lot of things. Some of these overlaps, such as a common platform (DSpace, with which some of our magazines have been published) and joint collaborators, are an advantage for both programs. In other cases, we have taken something from the repository site that may not be best suited for publication. I met one recently when I discovered that the Knowledge Bank license agreement, which we had used as an author`s agreement for our magazines, did not contain some important provisions for the publication of magazines. For example, there is nothing in our KB license that gives the magazine the right to introduce the indexing and full-text discovery article into a thematic database. When one of our editors was contacted by an indexing service and asked to index the full text of his magazine, I had to tell him shabby that if the risk was very low, they would most likely infringe the copyright of their authors. It was also unclear who would be the licensee – did the author bequeath rights to the OSU libraries? In the Journal? As the license was adapted for different publications, the licensee transformed until we had a confusing – and embarrassing – diversity. [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. 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. 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`s agreement form must have been received by the editorial staff prior to the publication of the manuscript in the journal. . . .