Having an manuscript accepted for publication is an exciting moment. Your work will be available to the world! However many publishers' standard publishing contracts (often called a 'Copyright Transfer Agreement') will request you sign away all or most of your rights to the publisher. Unless addressed in the transfer agreement, you may be forbidden by the publisher to do the following:
Fear not! You do not have to sign the first contract presented to you. Before signing a contract think carefully about which rights you wish to retain and what the publisher actually needs to publish your book or article for the first time. Knowing what your rights are and what you may wish to do with your work in the future will help you figure out the best way to protect your rights while publishing your work. Questions you might want to consider are:
SHERPA/RoMEO is a database of publishers' policies on copyright and self-archiving
Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to use, build upon and share.
The CC website provides a set of copyright licenses and tools that help users create a balance from the traditional copyright law of "all rights reserved." Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but they are based upon it.
Choosing a Creative Commons license for your own original works will allow others share, use, and remix your work.
The CC website has an explanation of the six licenses and they are listed below.
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.