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The publication process fails to serve the needs of an inattentive author.
In order to manage their copyright assets throughout the process, it is vital that authors read and understand the agreements that they sign. Authors should think about both current needs and future uses of their works and be certain that they retain rights sufficient to accommodate those needs.
Some publishers anticipate an author's legitimate need to distribute and repurpose his/her work and no longer require exclusive rights to publications.
About embargos: Some publishers balance their interest in recouping publishing costs with the author's desire to disseminate their ideas broadly, placing an embargo, usually 6-12 months, on the author's ability to place the publisher's PDF in a digital archive.
Manage Your Identity
Author identification tools help researchers deal with problems such as having a common name, having published under more than one name, or having changed their names. They provide a persistent identifier that distinguishes individual authors from other researchers.
Orcid (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) "ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized."
Some publishers and funders require ORCID numbers when manuscripts or proposals are submitted. Register for free.
ResearcherID "ResearcherID provides a solution to the author ambiguity problem within the scholarly research community. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification."
Many publishers allow self archiving in an institutional or subject repository after a certain length of time without modifying the publisher agreement. See the SHERPA/RoMEO website for more information.