The story began when I gave a lecture in 2012 at the NASIG conference, the North American Serials Interest Group. Let me say at the outset that no one at NASIG or as a representative did anything wrong in this meeting and that anything that gave misunderstandings or lack of information was entirely my fault. NASIG offered me an interesting and dedicated audience of librarians, which was all I could ask for. Anyway, as a spokesperson for “Vision” (a kind of irony), I signed an agreement that allows me to mechanically record my speech and accept that a human “recorder” would write what I said for an article for The Serials Librarian. When the time came, this reporter sent me a copy of the article, and I accepted that it was a good presentation of the conference I had given, ready to be published. It wasn`t until the article was published that I realized that The Serials Librarian was a Taylor-Francis magazine, and to the best of my knowledge and depths, I never signed a copyright transfer contract with T-F. At least I can find in my email registered the agreement to publish in The Serials Librarian, but no CTA. Most interactions with a newspaper are with a newspaper editor who is usually a teacher, who also acts as an editor. Publishers are stuck in the middle — their main goal is to find high-end items, but they are also tied to their publisher`s bureaucracy. It is this commercial publisher – or the scientific society that owns the journal — that requires the transfer of copyright. If you work for the World Health Organization (WHO) or the World Bank, they retain copyright in the article and the authors negotiate to determine whether exclusive rights are granted or not. Yes, yes.
You must obtain written permission in advance from third parties for copyright for the use of texts, illustrations, graphics or other printed materials in your articles and periodicals. The same applies to all other third-party rights, such as trademarks, organizational rights, database rights and privacy rights. The second lesson of this experience is that authors choose journals and not publishers.