Navigating Copyright

When making your scholarship publicly available in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive, lab or departmental website, etc., it is important to address any copyright concerns.

The Rice Open Access Policy directs faculty to deposit their “final version of the publication,” which is also sometimes referred to as an “author’s accepted manuscript,” “post-print,” or “peer-reviewed version.” This version aligns with many publisher policies on self-archiving. You can check your author’s agreement or transfer of copyright to learn more about a publisher’s policy, check the SHERPA/RoMEO database for the policy, or contact the library for assistance at

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries have created a helpful graphic about Journal Article Versions.

Be sure to keep a copy of the post-print whenever you (or a co-author) submit a new article for publication. The Library has developed a guide to help researchers outline a plan for managing their publications for grant compliance, including keeping copies of the correct manuscript version:

Not happy with the policy outlined in your publishing contract? Take action! The Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition (of which Fondren Library is a member) has created some great resources on author rights and guidance for negotiating copyright. They can be found at