You can find information about your rights as an author, including signing publishing agreements and book contracts, on the publishing advice service webpages.
If you want to include third-party material in your work, you will need to check whether you need to obtain permission to include it. If the material is openly licensed or subject to one of the legal exemptions to copyright law, you will not need to seek permission. You can discuss this with your publisher when preparing your submission.
If you want to publish Gold Open Access, most publishers will allow you to retain the copyright to your work and assign a Creative Commons licence which clearly stipulates how others can reuse and share your work. Check the individual policy of your publisher/journal for more information.
If you have any queries about copyright and authors rights when preparing your work for publication, get in touch with the Library’s Scholarly Communications Officer. The Research and Innovation division and Legal Team are also well positioned to advise on intellectual property considerations in relation to publication of your work.