Who Owns Your Research? Understanding Copyright, Authors’ Rights, and Open Access

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Humanities Quadrangle, 134
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Want to own your research? What did you give up when you signed that publishing agreement? Is there any way around it? What happens with an open access journal? Copyright can be complicated: the Whitney Publishing Project is here to help.

Scholars make many decisions when publishing their research: where to publish, how to maximize citations, whom to collaborate with, and whether to transfer or keep their copyright. The decisions you make about copyright can affect the use and accessibility of your work for the duration of your academic career. In this lunch workshop, Lindsay Barnett and Sandra Aya Enimil will discuss the implications of transferring or licensing rights associated with copyright to a publisher, how to advocate for yourself as an author, and the benefits of using licenses, such as those developed by Creative Commons, to share your work more broadly.

Sandra Aya Enimil (she/her) is the Program Director for Scholarly Communication and Information Policy at Yale University Library. At Yale, Sandra provides strategic insight, information, and resources on scholarly communication and open scholarship. She also consults with Yale researchers on using copyrighted materials and assists creators in protecting their own copyright. Sandra is the License Review Steering Committee chair and provides input on licenses of all types for the library.

Lindsay Barnett, MLIS, is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Yale University Library. Prior to taking this role in 2022 she acted as the Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.