Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2021     Views: 7

Traditional publication agreements usually require authors to relinquish all rights, including copyright, to the journal in which their article is published. In Open Access (OA) publishing, you have more options to keep your copyright. But, there are methods for keeping your copyright even with traditional publishing.

Know Your Rights as an Author

  • The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that you can use to modify your copyright transfer agreements with non-open access journal publishers.
  • SHERPA/RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors.  Use the SHERPA/RoMEO publisher copyright policies & self-archiving search tool to determine whether the journal in which you are considering publishing will allow you to keep your rights.
  • Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use the creative work-on conditions of your choice.  

The licenses include options for creators to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some use of their work-at least non-commercially.  The licenses also ensure that licensors get the credit for the work they deserve