B – Mathematicians’ author rights

Fowler KK. Do mathematicians get the author rights they want? Notices of the AMS 2012;59(3):436-438
(doi: 10.1090/noti808)

This article identifies the rights mathematicians say they want when publishing an article, which rights they often do not get, and how and why an author might keep the important ones. The best suggested solution would be to sign a publication agreement betwen the author and the editor, that both of them agree to, and that gives both of them the rights they feel are important. On the contrary, if a standard agreement is not possible, an author should attach and addendum to the contract. A balance of rights is needed for the mathematics community’s benefit.