Resources for Authors

Greater Reach for Your Research: Resources for Authors

Sharing enables new research to build on earlier findings. It not only fuels the further advancement
of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers.
In the digital world, the ways we share and use scholarly material are expanding — rapidly,
fundamentally, irreversibly.


Institutional Repositories

SPARC Canadian Author Addendum


Resources from SPARC
(The Scholarly Publishing
and Academic Resources Coalition)

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Institutional Repositorie

Greater Reach for Your Research:
Expanding Readership
Through Digital Repositories


This brochure discusses the benefits of repositories, describes how they fit into the broader scholarly communication environment, responds to any major concerns that researchers may have, and distinguishes IRs from other related initiatives in Canada- all in a way that is easy to browse and read. The brochure, developed by the CARL Institutional Repositories Working Group and SPARC, is available in both print and electronic formats. The brochure can be ordered for a nominal fee through the CARL website or printed directly from the website so that institutions can incorporate their own branding into the brochure.
( Available in English and French. Contact the CARL Office for more details: )

Ernie Ingles: Why Repositories?
From Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

In this video Ernie Ingles, former Vice Provost and Chief Librarian at University of Alberta, says that institutional repository development “brings [libraries] right back into the mainstream of providing services to our faculty and graduate students.” During this period of tight budgets, libraries must decide whether supporting a digital repository is an “add on” or an “instead of” in their resource allocations. “In my opinion, institutional repositories are here to stay," says Ingles. If new funds cannot be found to support them, "they have to be considered an 'instead of' because…it’s all about [the library’s] relevancy.” The three-minute video was shot at the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in November 2008.

CARL Institutional
Repository Program

Institutional Repositories
in Canada


SPARC Canadian Author Addendum

Why use the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum?

Watch this brief video produced by the Institute on Scholarly Communication 
and SPARC to know more.


Using the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum
to secure your rights as the author of a journal article

This explanatory brochure provides context and instructions for using SPARC Canadian Author Addendum. (Available in English and French. Contact the CARL Office for more details. )

The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum PDF

Traditional publishing agreements often require that authors grant exclusive rights to the publisher. The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes. It will help Canadian researchers to comply with granting council public access policies, such as the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. The Canadian Addendum reflects Canadian copyright law and is an adaptation of the original U.S. version of the SPARC Author Addendum. The addendum is available in both French and English.

CAUT Intellectual Property Advisory: Retaining Copyright in Journal Articles


This advisory, by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), assists academic staff in retaining copyright ownership of articles they publish in journals.

Resources from 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. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. Its pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.

SPARC Brochures / Resources for Author


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