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Author Rights: Understanding your rights in scholarly publishing

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SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Addendum – Canadian edition (

How to use the addendum?

  1. Sign and date the publisher’s agreement.  Immediately below your signature on the publisher’s form, write: “Subject to attached Addendum”
  2. Note in your cover letter to your publisher that you’ve included an addendum to the agreement.
  3. Make a copy of all three documents (the publisher's form, your Addendum, and your cover letter) for your records.
  4. Mail the addendum with your publishing agreement and cover letter to your publisher

What if the publisher rejects the author addendum?

  • Explain to the publisher why it is important for you to retain these rights in your own work.
  • Ask the publisher to articulate why the license rights provided under the SPARC Author Addendum are insufficient to allow publication.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of the publisher’s response in light of the reasonable and growing need for authors to retain certain key rights to their works.

What if the publisher still says no to the addendum?

  • Consider publishing with an organization that will facilitate the widest dissemination of their authors’ works, to help them fulfill their personal and professional goals as scholars.


  • Publish your work as planned with the original publisher


It is YOUR choice.