On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM, Aaron Kuperman wrote:
<snip>A scholar can put a simple note on the t.p. verso granting anyone the right to republish (presumably giving him credit). It is very easy to do. If the author doesn’t do so, doesn’t that mean that he is saying “you do not have permission to publish this without paying me”. With the option of publishing online, it is easy to get your work published.
For open access/open archives, that is correct, but otherwise, if you want to publish in a scholarly journal (which most people do) then 99.9% of the time, you have to sign away your own rights to the publisher. This means that even you have to get permission to use your own articles. Also, if someone wants to use your writings, any money goes to the publisher and not to you. I mean, how many scholars have gotten any money from their content in the Ebsco, Elsevier, Baker & Taylor, etc. databases? I certainly haven’t gotten a penny. And those businesses are definitely making a lot of money.