Why academics should NOT give up copyright to journals

Academics who publish to scholarly journals are often asked to give up their copyright in favour of the journals.  This becomes an issue if they want to follow (and most likely will) the open access model now in place at Harvard’s Business School.  See the quote from The Occasional Pamphlet below for details:

Two years to the day after the Faculty of Arts and Sciences became the first school at Harvard to vote an open-access policy, the Harvard Business School enacted their own policy on February 12, 2010, becoming the fifth Harvard school with a similar policy. Under the HBS policy, Like the previous policies, faculty agree to provide copies of their scholarly articles for distribution from the university’s DASH repository and grant the university a waivable license to distribute the articles.blogs.law.harvard.edu, The Occasional Pamphlet, Mar 2010


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