- Obtain grants to fund your research.
- Conduct research.
- Write up results of your research.
- Submit your written work to a scientific journal.
- Sign a copyright transfer giving up all rights to your work.
The following letter from Dianne O'leary, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, is reproduced here with permission.
From: Dianne O'Leary
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:42:18 -0400
Subject: Rejected Springer reprint request
On September 9, I wrote to Springer asking for a pdf file of one of my
Wang and O'Leary, Adaptive use of iterative methods in
predictor-corrector interior point methods for linear programming
Numerical Algorithms, 25 (2000) 387-406.
It took until October 8 for them to answer my request, and they
decided that I was not entitled to the pdf file of my own paper.
This doesn't seem to be the way to maintain the good will of the
community. They might have the legal right to make this decision, but
it seems to me that it is bad logic and bad business, since they rely
on us to provide, without financial compensation, the content for
their journals and the refereeing of other manuscripts.
My university does not subscribe to this journal -- too expensive --
so I was wondering if anyone had an idea of how I can obtain this pdf
One more reason to be careful about the journals you submit to. SIAM, for instance, allows the author not only unlimited use for personal purposes, but also to post the final version of the article on his/her institutional webpage.
By the way, Prof. O'Leary now has over 200 copies of her article -- so there's no need to indundate her inbox with more. And apparently someone from Springer has now (on Oct. 19) given in and provided her official access to her article.
Update from Prof. O'leary on Nov. 1: