Oregon State University has made publishers aware of the terms of the license under which the University retains "permission to make available [Oregon State University faculty] scholarly articles and to reproduce and distribute those articles for the purpose of open dissemination." This license will have force unless it is waived for a particular article.

Some publisher's agreements contain provisions that are inconsistent with the prior license granted to Oregon State University under the terms of the Policy. You may also wish to retain rights to create derivative works from your Article and to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display your article in connection with your teaching, conference presentations, lectures, other scholarly works, and professional activities. If you wish to prepare an "author addendum" to attach to your publisher agreement that retains these rights, you can follow these steps:


  • Step 1: Generate a Science Commons Access/Reuse Addendum by filling out this form. Print it out.
  • Step 2: Sign your publisher’s copyright transfer or publication agreement when you submit your final manuscript for publication with the following statement written above your signature: “subject to attached amendment”
  • Step 3: Attach the amendment you generate, with the information filled in and your signature on the bottom.
  • Step 4: Send both to publisher.


If you would like support when a publisher asks questions or raises objections about the amendment, send an email with "ADDENDA" in the subject line to Michael Boock, Scholarly Communication Librarian, directly at michael.boock@oregonstate.edu, x7-9155.

  • Step 5 (optional): If you wish to help assess the success of Oregon State University authors using the amendment, please also follow these additional steps:


  • Email the addendum to scholarsarchive@oregonstate.edu (This will allow OSU to gather aggregated data about use. Data about individual uses will not be shared.)


  • Step 6 (optional): Please give us any feedback that you receive from the publisher, by emailing scholarsarchive@oregonstate.edu with subject line "ADDENDA".



Michael Boock, Professor/Scholarly Communication Librarian