As the author of a work, you are the exclusive copyright holder unless or until you transfer your rights.
Copyright law gives the creator of copyrighted works exclusive rights, including the rights to:
As an author, you may be most interested in retaining rights to:
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has produced a legal instrument that you can use to modify your copyright transfer agreements with non-open-access journal publishers. Read more about your rights as an author in the SPARC brochure.
This brief video, produced by the Institute on Scholarly Communication in association with SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), explains how researchers can maximize exposure and dissemination for their peer-reviewed article manuscripts.
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