Understanding Author Agreements
Know Your Rights!
Many authors of scholarly articles do not realize that journals and publishers require that one's copyright be signed over to them to publish one's work. Signing away your copyright may prevent you from posting your own work on personal websites or electronic course reserves. For a good overview see the SPARC Author Rights video. This brief video, produced by the Institute on Scholarly Communication in association with SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), explains how researchers can maximize exposure and dissemination for their peer-reviewed article manuscripts.
Things to consider before:
The Directory of Open Access Journals contains over 10,000 peer-reviewed Journals on a wide variety of subjects. The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.
You can negotiate to retain more rights.
- Scrutinize the Copyright Transfer Agreement
- Negotiate with the Publisher: transferring copyright doesn't have to be all or nothing
- Retain the Rights You Need: Value Your Intellectual Property
To assist you in retaining your rights, you may wish to consult Information for Authors from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and then use the SPARC Canadian Author's Addendum to Publication Agreement. This tool can guide authors in making the best decisions regarding their publication options.
I have already published in a journal of my choosing, but I have to meet an Open Access requirement for the funding agency
Place a copy of the paper in an open access disciplinary repository, such as PubMed Central, or SocArXiv, or Western Libraries open access Institutional Repository (IR) Scholarship@Western. Most publishers will allow the preprint or the final peer-reviewed version, also known as the Author Accepted Manuscript version or Post Print, to be hosted in an IR. This is known as green open access and meets the requirements of most open access obligations required by grants.
For more information on the see the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy - What it means for Western's grant recipients, and as well you are always welcome to contact your librarian or or email the Scholarly Communciation team.
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