Any author can negotiate with any publisher, and it is often in the author's best interest to do so. Publisher copyright transfer agreements (CTA's) are written to the publisher's advantage, not the author's. A CTA is a boilerplate document, written to cover every eventuality whether or not it applies or is reasonable to a specific author. It is in the author's best interest to read and negotiate agreements to minimize any legal risk and to retain the right to reuse, share, and build on their own scholarship.
These strategies can increase your likelihood of success when negotiating.
Be on the same page with your coauthors early on. Usually the lead author signs the agreement on behalf of all. If you aren't the signatory, be sure to communicate your expectations before an agreement is signed on your behalf. You may need to educate your colleagues about the importance of negotiating your collective author agreement.
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