In some interviews for industry positions, I have been asked about my prior (applied math) research experience and to go into detail about the models I have constructed. After I gave him a high-level overview, the interviewer asked that I send him the paper so he can see some minute details. The paper is published in a Springer journal and costs 39.95 to see without journal subscription. My questions are

  1. As the first author of the paper, am I legally allowed I send him a downloaded version of the paper over email?
  2. If not, am I legally allowed to send my personal copy of the manuscript (i.e. the version I submitted to Springer)?

N.B. the paper is not on the arXiv.

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    You've read the copyright agreement you signed when the paper was accepted, right? What does it say about this? That's the authoritative source; other answers will just be guesses. – Nate Eldredge Sep 9 '16 at 2:11
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    Regardless of the specific language of the copyright agreement, just give them a copy of the paper. Sharing copies of one's own papers has been standard academic practice forever. – JeffE Sep 9 '16 at 14:52

Different publishers have different guidelines, but I think they all allow your first case. For example, Elsevier's author rights page states:

Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to:

  • Share their article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes, with a DOI link to the version of record on ScienceDirect (and with the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC- ND license for author manuscript versions)
  • ...

If you're worried, I do recommend checking each publisher's page to verify your rights.

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