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Copyright and Exclusivity: What Does It Mean?

“Copyright is essentially the granting of exclusive rights to the originator or the assignee of written material,” Eric Slater, Copyright, Permissions, and Licensing Manager at the American Chemical Society explains. “The grant of rights includes the right to reproduce the work, to copy the work, to display the work, to create derivative works, and to perform the work.”

Slater says the policy of most publishers is for the authors to transfer copyright to the publisher, transferred in an agreement called the Journal Publishing Agreement. If your work is a derivative of work from another publisher, you would need to obtain permission beforehand. This proof is usually uploaded when you submit your manuscript, along with the journal publishing agreement. Once this happens, resubmitting an identical research paper at another publisher makes the author liable for copyright infringement.
It never hurts to ask if you are unsure, Slater reassures.

Are there any advantages? Slater says there are. Primarily, there is less for the author to worry about. The publisher takes on the burden of copyright and permissions. If there is someone asking to reuse material, they deal with the publisher directly.

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