An individual has legal rights associated with the scholarly/creative works they produce. As an author, you are usually the copyright holder to your work from the moment that work takes on a fixed form. Your rights are retained unless/until you to transfer those copyrights to someone else via a formal agreement.
Traditional publishing contracts often assign copyright to the publisher, thus limiting how and where the work can be used and distributed in the future. If this happens, authors may be restricted from incorporating this work into their teaching and research, posting it to a website, or in an Institutional repository or digital collection.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide information about author's rights and to provide additional resources for further information. Attendees will also learn about Texas State’s institutional repository, Digital Collections, and show examples of how including your published work in the open access repository can increase access to your research.