Once you have your work and want to publish it, you should be aware of the numerous tactics used by publishers prior to submitting your work.
Sherpa/RoMEO is a great resource and is a free database containing copyright and self-archiving policies for thousands of journals. You can search by ISSN, title, and publisher. It will also indicate various OA color schemas to indicate archiving polices. Sherpa/RoMEO gathers this information from publishers' sites.
You always want to analyze your author agreement in detail and don't be afraid to ask the experts at the Brandeis Library for help or clarification. Throughout the submission process, author agreements can come in numerous forms and at different stages. For instance, some publishers have a "click-through" agreement that they have when submitting your work through their online portal. Some are regular documents that need to be printed and signed by the author when their work is accepted. As you go through an author agreement you want to be on the lookout for some "tricky" language or problematic statements:
Some clauses in Author agreements are beneficial for authors.
Below are some examples of author agreements