Copyright and Open Access publishing
Copyright legislation provides legal protection to the author of a work. This also applies to a work that is published with open access. As an author, copyright is automatically applied to the work when the work is created and it consists of two parts:
- Moral rights – you have the right to be named as the author of your work, as well as to oppose any improper use of the work.
- Economic rights - you have the rights to control how your work is distributed, published, sold etc.
When a manuscript has been accepted for publication in a journal, you sign a publication agreement that regulates your rights and obligations towards the publisher. This applies regardless of the type of journal, but be extra careful if you intend to publish in a subscription-based journal. If you publish in an open journal, you usually retain the copyright to your publication and are free to do whatever you want with it.