Although employers have a right to ownership of copyright created by employees in the course of their employment, the University of Adelaide does not seek to assert ownership of copyright over scholarly works (books, journal articles, conference papers) created by its staff, except in circumstances set out in the University’s Intellectual Property policy.
This means that, generally speaking, you and your co-authors own copyright in journal articles or conference papers that you have authored until and unless you assign (transfer) the copyright to another party.
Most publishers’ agreements require authors to assign copyright to the publisher. However, some publishers’ agreements provide for the author to retain some limited rights to reproduce the work.
You must read any publisher’s agreement very carefully before signing to understand what rights you are being asked to give away and what rights you may retain. You should weigh this up against what you want to be able to do with your work, e.g. Do you want to deposit your work in an Open Access repository? Do you want to put a copy of your work on your own website? Do you want to translate your work?
You grant to the University of Adelaide the non-exclusive right to:
See the full text of the Deposit License for more information.
Only if your agreement with the publisher allows you to do so, or you have obtained specific consent.
Many journal publishers now recognise the importance of "self-archiving" of your work in a local institutional repository and may allow you to do so -- either in the publishing agreement or via their deposit policy (searchable via www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php)
Look for a clause that enables you to place the 'pre-publication' or 'author-created' version of the work on your institution’s repository.
If there is no such clause in the agreement, below is a sample clause that you can put forward to the publisher:
The author retains the right:
You may also like to consult Author’s Rights, Tout de Suite – Charles W. Bailey, Jr which is available at http://www.digital-scholarship.org/. This in turn has a very useful bibliography of websites and other resources related to Author’s Rights.
NON-EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION LICENSE
By signing and submitting this license, you (the author(s) or copyright owner) grants to University of Adelaide (UA) the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate (as defined below), and/or distribute your submission (including the abstract) worldwide in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or video.
You agree that UA may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation.
You also agree that UA may keep more than one copy of this submission for purposes of security, back-up and preservation.
You represent that the submission is your original work, and that you have the right to grant the rights contained in this license. You also represent that your submission does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright.
If the submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant UA the rights required by this license, and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission.
IF THE SUBMISSION IS BASED UPON WORK THAT HAS BEEN SPONSORED OR SUPPORTED BY AN AGENCY OR ORGANIZATION OTHER THAN UA, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU HAVE FULFILLED ANY RIGHT OF REVIEW OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS REQUIRED BY SUCH CONTRACT OR AGREEMENT.
UA will clearly identify your name(s) as the author(s) or owner(s) of the submission, and will not make any alteration, other than as allowed by this license, to your submission.