Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017     Views: 14

As an author normally you own the copyright in the material you have created. However, on some occasions in which the material has been created by an employee in the course of their employment, the employer is the first owner of copyright in the work unless there is an agreement to the contrary.

Signing a publisher’s licence agreement normally transfers copyright to your publisher. If you wish to post your articles online you should review the conditions of any agreements you are asked to sign.

Open Access publishing does not require academic authors to give up their copyright in the same way as traditional publishing. Depending on the licensing terms used for publication, Open Access material can be downloaded for offline reading, printed and distributed to students, be open to automated text and data mining, and so on.

Note that publishing your work on an Open Access basis does not involve giving up all rights in your work. In fact, as the licensing terms are looser than the "all rights reserved" model, publishing your work on an Open Access basis gives you more control of how your work is distributed. It allows you to post your work in an online repository, re-use it in other publications, and so on, while freeing other users of your work from worries that downloading your work might be illegal.

The Creative Commons CC-BY licence is normally recommended for Open Access publishing and public funding bodies in the UK are increasingly requiring its use. This licence grants users the freedom to share and re-use published content as long as the original author is attributed. Find out more about the various Creative Commons licences.