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Open Access: Author Rights

Author Rights (SPARC video)

Video by SPARC, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

OA Impact

Open Citation Project a bibliography of OA impact studies.


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Author Rights (SPARC Guide)

Resources for Authors (SPARC) - General information about author's rights.

Tools for Authors


SPARC Canadian Author Addendum
This page provides information on how to use an author addendum designed especially for Canadian academic authors. The French version of this page is available here.

Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine
Tool to generate an addendum to a journal publisher's copyright transfer agreement in order for an author to retain certain rights.

SPARC's Author Rights Initiatives
This site informs academics of how to use the SPARC Author Addendum to retain their rights as authors of journal articles.

Open Access Directory: Author Addenda

A list of author addenda created to help authors retain their rights.

Other Tools

This tool provides a summary of permissions that are usually given as part of a journal publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

Provides a summary of research funders' policies as part of their grant awards and will be of use to grant-funded authors.

Creative Commons
Provides a set of copyright licenses and tools that provide creators with a way to retain their copyright while allowing others to use the work in specified ways.

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