Your article has been accepted for
publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have
the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community.
In the past, this required print publication. Today you have other
options, like online archiving, but the publication agreement you’ll
likely encounter will actually prevent broad
distribution of your work.
You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author.
Why? According to the traditional publication agreement, all rights —including copyright — go to the journal. You probably want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you had the choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement. Retain these critical rights by including an addendum to the publication agreement.
Author's Rights resources from University of the Whitwatersrand
UCLA Library: working with publishers to keep your rights.
Examples of good license embedding
CSUSM - resources for:
Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. CC provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.
Good license embedding examples here!
Creative Commons licenses explained - video