Copyright is a form of legal protection for authors of original academic and creative works. U.S. law grants copyright holders a bundle of exclusive rights, including rights to reproduce, distribute, and display works. Since 1978, copyright is automatically conferred to the creator of a work at the moment of creation without any need to register.
For work created at Tufts, the Tufts Intellectual Property policy states:
Therefore, if you're a Tufts author, you likely hold copyright to your work unless it was transferred to someone else (like a journal publisher).
Read more about copyright from the Tufts Scholarly Communications Team.
All publishers will require you to sign or click through an author’s agreement before publishing an article. This contract will spell out what rights you retain as an author, and what rights the publisher reserves from your work. Look for:
Why is this important? Because if an author’s agreement grants all rights to the publisher, you’ll have to ask permission to use or share your own work in the future. Read more about author’s rights.
To find out more about publisher’s policies:
Tufts has a model amendment to publisher’s agreements that you can use to ensure you retain non-exclusive rights to use your work and to make it widely available.