The issue of Scholarly Communication is a growing and overall complex field. Such complexity is in response to changes within the economics of traditional vehicles of academic publishing.
An important aspect concerns author's right-rights such as "the options for publishing, posting, archiving and distributing their scholarship" (from ACRL).
The site Keep Your Copyrights, from Columbia Law School, is an excellent resource and overview of rights management. Not only does it discuss copyrights but understanding and negotiating contracts.
In the box below are links to sites detailing many of the options noted above.
Below are sites for scholarly communication:
A very valuable resource is SPARC--Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Collection.
This link opens to information about the Author Rights and the Author Addendum
Creative Commons Licenses from the free site Creative Commons provide any author the flexibilty to make their material as accessible as desired. An author can change copyright from "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved". View a video overview (click on the dropdown tab: Creative Commons located under the Authors tab at the top of the Guide)
This link opens to FAQ's about Creative Commons Licensing
Once acquired, the results of research have always demanded an additional skill set to enable their use--that of mastering methods for preserving and access. Losing track of such hard-won information and/or data can drive one to distraction, to say-the-least!
Further, federal agencies now require grant recipients to include a written Data Management Plan (DMP) with grant proposals.
Copyright is woven throughout the development of DMP's.
Links to sites: