The legal relationship between the academic and the publisher is an important one.
"Academics who properly manage their legal rights in their work will find that not only does this allow them to provide open access to their work, thus contributing to the public stock of knowledge, but that it also provides them with greater control over their work and greater rights to reuse their own work post publication.” Pappalardo, Kylie M., Fitzgerald, Brian F., Fitzgerald, Anne M., Kiel-Chisholm, Scott D., Georgiades, , & Austin, Anthony C. (2008) Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors.
The publishing world is changing and today authors are able to make publishing choices that will give them more control of their work and its accessibility, choices which balance author rights and publisher rights.
Copyright ownership and what you as an author can do with that work will be impacted by the publishing agreements you sign.
Publishers policies on versions of outputs permitted in institutional repositories may include pre-prints, post-prints and publisher versions. In cases where there may be conflict between existing agreements and other publication options, it will be necessary to seek permission from the publisher.
Developing a publishing plan at the outset of your research journey will provide a tool for managing your ownership effectively. Below are links to current and relevant resources to help you make informed publishing decisions.
For more information or assistance, contact your Library's Senior Librarian
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.