Answered By: Vika Zafrin
Last Updated: May 12, 2015     Views: 5

The policy automatically gives BU a non-exclusive license to any scholarly articles faculty members complete after its adoption. Upon adoption, BU will be sending out letters to hundreds of publishers to inform them of this new policy.


To be thorough, BU recommends that you communicate this policy to your publisher and add to any copyright license or assignment for scholarly articles an addendum stating that the agreement is subject to this prior license. That way, you will avoid agreeing to give the publisher rights that are inconsistent with the prior license to BU that permits open-access distribution of final author drafts.BU Libraries in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel have prepared a BU-specific Author Addendumwhich is based on similar documents used by our peer institutions that are familiar to many publishers. Please note that, whether or not you use the addendum, the license to BU remains in force. If there is a conflict between the policy and a publication contract you sign after its adoption (11 February 2015), the policy will generally prevail.

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