Author Rights

When you're ready to publish, be careful not to sign away your author rights. Options are available to help you keep your rights as authors:

  • Modifying publishers' agreements on author rights and copyright by using the SPARC Author Addendum
  • Understanding the journal's policies on self-archiving which can enable you to provide an open access version of your work
  • Publishing with journals which have progressive copyright, access, and archiving policies. See RoMEO site for a directory of publishers' policies
  • Publishing in scholarly open-access journal publications. Select from the thousands of journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals

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Author Rights Tools

ARL Author Rights

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) have gathered resources on copyright and IP issues.

Canadian SPARC Author Addendum

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has created the SPARC scholar’s copyright addendum form to be used in the Canadian publishing environment. See the Scholar’s copyright addendum for the American version.

Canadian Copyright Information

Creative Commons Canada is an organization which provides materials and resources related to copyright issues in the Canadian context.

Author Rights Resources

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) provides a list of web resources on author rights.

Creative Commons License

The Creative Commons organization provides samples of copyright licences which give authors choices in the rights to retain and the rights they give others.

OASIS - Open Access Scholarship Information Sourcebook

OASIS highlights open access developments and initiatives from around the world, with links to diverse additional resources and case studies.

Scholar's Copyright Addendum

Created by the Science Commons group of the Creative Commons Corporation, The form-creation site allows authors to amend traditional copyright agreements by specifying rights they wish to retain, to create a Scholar's Copyright Addendum.

Copyright Collective Societies

The Copyright Collective Societies site provides links to collective societies which administer the rights of several copyright owners, granting permission and setting conditions of use.