As the author of a work, you retain the copyright to your work unless you assign it to someone else. All authors are granted a bundle of exclusive rights under copyright law: to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and modify your original work.
Often academic authors sign copyright transfer agreements with publishers without fully understanding what rights they are relinquisihing, or even if it is necessary to do so. It is up to you to decide whether you will surrender all of your rights, some of them, or none of them to a publisher. If you would like build upon, reuse, or republish all or even part of your work, you should consider negotiating with your publisher before you sign your agreement. You may want to negotiate to retain the rights to all or some of the following:
All information provided is intended as educational and is not legal advice.