Q. Why did you have to check each publication? Can’t you just put up anything I wrote?
Unfortunately, we can’t just put everything up. Most publishers ask authors to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) or other publishing agreement before their article is officially published. These agreements ask authors to surrender all of their copyrights to the publisher, which means that you, the author, likely no longer own any rights to your work - the publisher owns it. The exception to this is if you published open access, included a SPARC author addendum, or negotiated for better rights in your contract.
Depending on what the publication agreement says and what rights (if any) the publisher gives back to the author(s), authors may find themselves unable to re-use portions of their articles in other publications, print their writings for their own classes, or share their work online in an institutional repository like ScholarlyCommons or on another platform like SSRN. We needed to review each of your works in order to determine the details of those agreements you likely signed and determine what your publisher’s sharing policies are. If we do not check permissions, we could be infringing on the publisher’s copyright (since they likely own your work).