Author Rights

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Copyright, which falls under the larger umbrella of intellectual property rights, is the main type of right that you have as an author. When you create an original work, such as an article, book, play, or artistic creation, it is automatically protected by copyright in Canada. When you are ready to publish, be careful not to sign away your rights to publishers. The library has expertise in scholarly publishing both as purchasers of content and as open access publishers, and we are available to assist you in protecting your rights and interpreting which rights are being asked for when publishing.  

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Services for faculty & instructors

We are here to help you navigate the complex and often contradictory policies of publishers, journals, pre-prints servers, and funders. We can help clarify copyright and intellectual property rights in Canada and other jurisdictions.    

We offer:  

  • In-class and other instructions sessions tailored to your course or research labs 
  • One-on-one consultations   
  • Community workshops (open to all) on a variety of scholarly communication topics   


  • Sherpa Romeo is a directory of publishers' policies around open access, archiving, pre-prints servers, and embargoes 
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals 
  • Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)’s Information for Authors page provides information on key topics in scholarly communications including the Canadian Author Addendum to Publication Agreement that can be used to modify Canadian publishers’ agreements and the Guide to Using the Canadian Author Addendum. 
  • Creative Commons and specifically Creative Commons Licenses which provides samples of a variety of copyright licenses.

Upcoming workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to support your scholarship through the Open Scholarship workshop series.

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