Congratulations! A journal has accepted your work! Time to send it off, add it to your CV and move onto the next big project.
While it’s time to release your work into the world, do you want to give away your copyright? Most publishers expect you to sign over your copyright to them. This means you cannot share it – with colleagues, students, your mom, anyone – without permission and possibly paying a fee. Yes, your own work is no longer yours at all. This also means that that publishers can regulate access to “your” work by selling access – at exorbitant rates. This makes it inaccessible to those without an academic affiliation – including professionals, and government decision makers as well as colleagues outside of high-income countries. Authors often sign publishing agreements without considering the implications for the equitable access to information. Learn more about retaining rights to your work through the Dalhousie Copyrights Office webpage.
The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum
Use this link to access an information brochure created by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. It contains information about the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum and how it can help secure your rights as the author of a journal article.
Other Useful Resources
For information about how to maximize the exposure of your peer-reviewed article manuscripts, check out the video below!