[Duraspace] Nature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors to Waive ‘Moral Rights’ - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 10:47:51 SAST 2014

Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature,
Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be
signing away more than just the economic rights to their work, according to
the director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke

Kevin Smith, the Duke official, said he stumbled across a clause in the
Nature Publishing Group’s license agreement last week that states that
authors waive or agree not to assert "any and all moral rights they may now
or in the future hold" related to their work. In the context of scholarly
publishing, "moral rights" include the right of the author always to have
his or her name associated with the work and the right to have the
integrity of the work protected such that it is not changed in a way that
could result in reputational harm.

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