No matter which rights you may choose to retain and which you are willing to sign over to the publisher, it is imperative that you read the copyright transfer agreement carefully. Remember: this should be an agreement between two interested parties, the author and the publisher. Authors can and should advocate for changes to any publisher agreement in order to retain desired rights to their work.
Authors likely wish to...
Retain a desired set of rights
Use and develop their own work without restriction
Increase access to their works for educational and research purposes
Receive proper attribution when their work is used
Deposit their work in an open access digital repository like the UH Institutional Repository, where it will be permanently and globally accessible
Publishers only need to...
Obtain a non-exclusive right from the author to publish and distribute a work and receive a financial return
Receive proper attribution and citation as the journal of first publication
Migrate the work to future formats and include it in collections
For more about striking a balanced approach, see the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition's Author Rights and Author Addendum brochure.
The SPARC Author Addenum is an addendum commonly used in the U.S. and Canada. This link provides information about retaining copyright for academic articles as well assample addenda that you may amend and submit with a publication agreement.
The Science Commons' Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine allows you to retain the necessary rights to reuse your research. After you have entered in your name, the title of the article, the name of the journal and publisher, and selected the type of agreement, the engine automatically generates an addendum that can be attached to the original agreement.
Researchers across many fields of study are interested in publishing through Open Access (OA) journals, but there can be barriers to making one's work immediately and globally available. The main barrier is cost: the majority of English-language OA journal publishers charge an Article Processing Charge (APC), which can be quite expensive and is not always covered or defrayed by a grant or by one's academic department or institution. Sherpa/RoMEO offers an extensive, curated list of Open Access journals and their author processing charges (APCs).
Another common challenge is finding a suitable OA journal to publish with, and fears around falling victim to so-called predatory publishers. To help authors navigate the process, the Directory of Open Access Journals offers a "Best Practices Guide" for those researchers interested in publishing in an Open Access journal. This web resource provides for the of to support researchers, publishers and librarians in their search of best practice and transparency standards. It is also an attempt to collect discussions about open access to publications and its development. It is developed by, and updated regularly by, the DOAJ team based on existing and new information.