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Author Rights

Author Rights Guide Overview

This guide is intended to inform McGill University researchers topics of author rights and publication agreements.

This guide includes:

  • Key terms in publication agreements
  • Resources for locating publication agreements
  • Resources for negotiating your rights as an author

What do I need to know?

  • When you publish you enter into an agreement with the journal publisher.
  • The conditions of the agreement will vary and it's important to understand what rights you retain and which you transfer
    • e.g. In some cases you transfer your copyright to the publisher, in which case you have to obtain permission for future uses of your own article. 

Why should I care?

  • Funding agencies often require authors maintain certain rights in order to comply with their policies.
  • You may want to use your article in various ways:
    • e.g., post it to a personal website
    • share it on social media
    • re-use graphs in future publications etc.
      • You may or may not maintain these rights depending on the agreement you sign. 


This guide is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. 

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