The easiest way to retain your copyright is to modify the agreement supplied by the journal publisher.
- SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has created an author's addendum that can be attached to the journal publisher agreement. For a copy of this addendum and more info on retaining copyright go tohttp://www.arl.org/sparc/author/addendum.html
- UC's Office of Scholarly Communication has provided techniques and sample publishing agreements to assist authors in retaining certain copyrights. At a minimum, the Office suggests transferring copyright but reserving some rights. But, ideally it suggests keeping copyright and transferring limited rights.
Alternatively, you can submit your articles to a publisher with enlightened copyright policies. The SHERPA Publisher Copyright Policies and Self-Archiving page summarizes publisher policies. "Green" publishers have the least restrictive copyright policies allowing authors, among other things, to submit to pre- and post-print servers.