"It is exceptionally rare for a scientific publisher to use copyright law to defend the integrity of a scientific paper on behalf of an author. In fact BioMed Central knows of no situation where this has happened...
Meanwhile, the real reason for copyright transfer is clear. Publishers regularly use copyright law to protect the profits they derive by controlling access to the literature."
How we manage copyright in the UC Research Repository:
These practices comply with Australian copyright law and publisher's archiving policies. Depositing your work in the UC Research Repository does not alter the copyright status of the work and will not affect your future publication prospects.
Publisher Archiving Policies:
Publishers usually ask authors to assign copyright to them.
Many now also allow self-archiving of the final accepted manuscript version.
Be sure to check the publisher's policy on self-archiving.
Points to remember:
Publisher Archiving Policies can be checked at SherpaRomeo:
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