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Keep copyright or not? Which Bioscience/Biomedical Open Access Publishers insist on transfer of copyright?

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I was looking at the web site for one of the newer biomedical open access publishers, e-Century Publishing Corporation, and I noticed this statement:

By submitting a manuscript to AJCR, all authors agree that all copyrights of all materials included in the submitted
manuscript will be exclusively transferred to the publisher – e-Century Publishing Corporation once the manuscript is
accepted.

Also,

All PDF, XML and html files for all articles published in this journal are the property of the publisher, e-Century Publishing
Corporation (www.e-Century.org). Authors and readers are granted the right to freely use these files for all academic
purposes. By publishing paper in this journal, the authors grant the permanent right to the publisher to use any articles
published in this journal without any restriction including, but not limited to academic and/or commercial purposes.

So no real news here, but I began to wonder if this is as universal an open access publisher process as presumed. So I decided to do a quick survey. Here’s the result:

 

Open Access Publisher Article Copyright Policy

Publisher Author Copyright Policy Source of Policy Info.
AOSIS OpenJournals Authors retain ownership of the copyright( CC Attribution) http://openjournals.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=64
Bentham Open Authors retain ownership of the copyright (CC-BY-NC) http://www.benthamscience.com/open/toaidj/MSandI.htm
Biomed Central Authors retain ownership of the copyright (CC-BY) http://www.biomedcentral.com/about
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals Authors retain ownership of the copyright( CC Attribution 3.0) http://www.qscience.com/page/author_services_policies#copyright
Co-Action Publishing Must assign copyright (CC-BY-NC) http://www.co-action.net/authors/authors4.php?%20sessid=02661871&user=346351&env=Opera&item=no
Copernicus Publications Authors retain ownership of the copyright (CC-BY) http://publications.copernicus.org/for_authors/services_for_authors.html
e-Century Must assign copyright (CC-BY-NC) http://www.ijcep.com/instructions.html
Hindawi Authors retain ownership of the copyright- (CC-BY) http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aop/guidelines/
Libertas Academica Mixed Policy** http://www.la-press.com/author_resources.php?folder_id=122
Medknow Publications Must assign copyright http://www.annalspc.com/contributors.asp
PKP-Open Knowledge Systems Authors retain ownership of the copyright http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/demo/present/index.php/demojournal/about/submissions
Public Library of Science (PLoS) Authors retain ownership of the copyright (CC-BY) http://www.plos.org/about/open-access/license/
SciELO Must assign copyright http://www.scielo.org.ar/revistas/darwin/iinstruc.htm
Springer Open Authors retain ownership of the copyright (CC-BY) http://www.springeropen.com/about

**Libertas Academica-  “Unless your work appears in a Clinical Medicine Reviews journal (i.e. a journal with a title that begins “Clinical Medicine Reviews in…”) then copyright in your Work rests with the author(s).  If your Work appears in a Clinical Medicine Reviews journal (i.e. a journal with a title that begins “Clinical Medicine Reviews in…”) then copyright in your Work rests with Libertas Academica Ltd.”

In most cases of required copyright transfer, publishers cite the need to create revenue with adaptations or assignments of submitted research. Co-Action Publishing stated:

Revenues from commercial reprints and sales allow us to keep our publishing fees down. Moreover, a major portion of the profits generated from commercial reprints are placed in a fund to cover publication fees for researchers from developing nations and in some cases for young researchers.

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