The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) journals are continuing to serve authors of Original Research manuscripts by offering additional means of publication. Currently, all authors sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) that assigns copyright to the AHA (see FAQ).
With the advent of Open Access publishing, authors can now select whether their accepted, Original Research articles will by copyrighted as per the current model, or whether an Open Access Agreement is a better fit. Some funding agencies (eg, Research Councils UK) now request or require that their funded authors use an Open Access Agreement.
We’ve assembled frequently asked questions surrounding copyright transfer and Open Access as it pertains to Original Research articles. What does it mean to use the CTA? Or, what does it mean to use an AHA Open Access Agreement (1 of 3 Creative Commons licenses) for the purpose of having a published work be “Open Access”?