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Investigate the copyright policy of a journal before choosing to publish in it.
Traditional Role of Journals
- Group of peer researchers review article and certify that the work is worthy of publication
- Preparing manuscript in style guide for the journal
Retaining copyright to post copies in a publically available way
- Current process: author does NOT retain copyright
- Green: Publishing in open journals; require author to pay publication fee or have other means of external support
- Gold: Retaining copyright and archiving copy in Institutional or Disciplinary Repository (not going through peer review in some cases)
- CIC Addendum - Attach to traditional publisher agreement to retain the ability to keep a personal copy that can be posted to an institutional repository or personal website.
Finding out the copyright policy for a journal
- Search by title or publisher
- Shows rights that authors retain when they sign the standard copyright transfer agreement for a specific publisher.
For example: IEEE
- Authors can archive pre-print
- Authors can archive post-print
- OR Author can archive publisher's .pdf
- RoMEO Green publisher- most liberal sharing of copyright