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"Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions." - Peter Suber

Open your research to the world with McGill Library's open access CV drive!

Deposit your scholarly work  in the McGill digital repository, eScholarship, by sending us a list of links to any websites documenting your scholarship at escholarship [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Why should Open Access matter to researchers?

The organisers of Open Access Week have produced a detailed guide on how researchers can promote open access.

We invite you to watch this short video to learn more about open access and why we believe it matters to researchers:


SPARC and the Canadian Author's Addendum

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an international network of research libraries working to address issues in the current academic publishing model. 

The bottom line

Open access:

  • gives your work more exposure by making by making your work easier to find
  • provides universal access to your work by ensuring it is no longer hidden behind subscription barriers
  • meets the requirements of many funding agencies - many funders stipulate that research be made publicly available since it is being funded by the public

Copyright - Your rights as an author:

  • the author holds copyright of a work unless they transfer it to someone else in a signed agreement
  • assigning copyright to someone else matters, as they can do anything with your work, and can prevent you from using it in course work and reusing it in subsequent work
  • there are tools available where you can transfer copyright while holding back key rights - publishing agreements are negotiable

What can you do?

  • Use the SHERPA/RoMEO database to learn what a journal's default publishing policy is.
  • Use the SPARC Canadian Author's Addendum to modify the publisher's agreement and keep key rights to your article.  By doing so, as the author, you retain your rights to reuse your work without restrictions, receive proper attribution for your work and make your work openly available through an open access repository, such as McGill's eScholarship.  For publishers the addendum maintain non-exclusive right to publish and distribute your work, receive financial return, are cited as journal of first publication and are able to use the work in future formats.
  • As creators of intellectual property, it is important that faculty and researchers stay informed on current Canadian copyright legislation.    
  • Use a Creative Commons license in order to be able to decide how your work is used
  • Inform yourself about open access and copyright issues - read the CAUT policy statement on scholarly communication

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