When publishing an article in a subscription access journal you are almost always asked, or even required to give up some or all of your copyrights to that publisher. This does not have to be the case. Familiarizing yourself with your rights as an author and utilizing resources that support those rights can allow you to maintain control of your own work after publication. Many organizations have been formed to assist in this cause.
SPARC is a global organization that supports Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education causes. Under SPARC there is a project to help authors to know about and retain their copyrights. Below is a summary of author rights and a link to the SPARC Author Addendum. Please visit the entire SPARC author's rights webpage for more resources and information.
Know Your Rights as the Author
SPARC Author Addendum
The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal document authors can use to change copyright transfer agreements with journal publishers. It allows you to select which rights you would like to keep for you own work.
Creative Commons is an organization that supports Open Access while ensuring creator rights. They provide free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow public use, but also allow for limited access at the author's discretion --from Creative Commons website