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Author Resources

Quick Links for Authors

SPARC Canada Author's Addendum
Author's addendum template that authors can attach to a journal publisher's copyright agreement to ensure they retain certain rights to their work.
A database of scholarly journals' default policies on copyright and OA. Changes or exceptions may be negotiated with the use of addendums.
Author Rights Guide
Including information on open access, author rights, copyright, and open data. Created by Allison Bell, Gerstein Science Information Centre

OA Research

Institutional Repositories (IR) are one way that institutions, such as universities, can provide free access to academic work.  You may also want to search repositories to find OA research from researchers, scholars and students.

There are many IR, here are a select few:

Stanford University School of Education (SUSE) Open Archive

This is an institutional repository that makes publicly available the working papers, published articles, and other materials produced by the faculty, staff, and students at Stanford University School of Education.

Research @ University of Ottawa's repository

The Faculty of Education community in the repository of the University of Ottawa includes theses, articles, working papers, technical reports, conference papers, etc. from the University of Ottawa's Faculty of education.

Canadian Institutional Repositories

A directory of Canadian institutions with repositories maintained by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries .


What is SPARC?


Opening Access to Research

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

Action by SPARC in collaboration with stakeholders – including authors, publishers, and libraries – builds on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. (2012) What is Sparc? Retrieved from

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Funding Agencies

Funding Agencies and OA

The Government of Canada’s three federal granting agencies for research in the higher education sector;

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC),
  • and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

are "committed to developing a shared approach for improving access to publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies for funding and conducting research".