Authors often don’t realize the implications of signing away their copyrights to the publisher, especially when publishers require that published works stay firmly behind a paywall. Retaining your copyright may not be as difficult as you think.
Publishing in an open access journal will ensure materials are seen, used, and built upon by researchers around the world. Learn more about publishing in open access journals.
Retaining your rights is not as daunting as you may think. Indeed, many publishers offer Open Access options that may fit your needs and allow you to retain your copyrights.
Options for retaining your copyrights include:
- Publishing in an Open Access Journal
- Paying to openly publish in a traditionally paywalled publisher
- Including an Author Addendum with a publication agreement, ensuring you retain the right to disseminate your work for non-commercial purposes
Keep your Copyrights and ensure your research is open and accessible.
“Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.” United States Copyright Office, Copyright Basics
The world of copyright can be confusing. Because of the ever-changing landscape of copyright, several quick reference guides have been published for researchers. Some of the more popular ones are listed below: