CARL Webinar: Author Addendum Conundrum – Trying to Solve Author Rights Negotiation Mysteries

When: Wednesday, July 15, 1-2 p.m. ET
Please note that this event is open to all (not just CARL institutions).

The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy has changed the open access (OA) landscape for researchers across Canadian institutions. The mandate requires authors to make any peer-reviewed publications resulting from Tri-Agency funded grants available OA 12 months after publication. While costs related to making their research open (article processing charges or APCs) are considered eligible expenses, researchers are often resistant to using grant funds for this purpose in favour of expenses that directly contribute to their research, As a result, researchers have been exploring how to comply and libraries have ramped up services to help them do so using institutional repositories. In the process of advising researchers about retaining their rights at the time of publication so that they could more readily comply with the Tri-Agency Policy, researchers had the following questions:

  • Would the publisher reject their work if they tried to negotiate?
  • Would the publisher view them negatively and refuse to accept future papers?
  • Would negotiating be a waste of time?
  • Do the publishers accept author addenda?

I couldn’t answer all these questions to my satisfaction (or theirs), so I wanted to find out more about researcher experiences with copyright negotiations in publication, their use of addenda, and also talk to publishers to see what their practices were. I created a survey to capture author experiences across the U15, and invited publishers from several major organizations to participate in a telephone interview. This webinar will discuss the study and its results, as well as recommendations for future copyright education, use of addenda and discussions with publishers.

This research received funding from CARL in 2017 as part of the Practicing Librarian Category of CARL’s Research in Librarianship granting program.

Presenter Bio:

Lauren Byl is the Copyright & Licensing Librarian at the University of Waterloo, where she answers copyright questions about author rights regularly, which inspired her to dig into the issue of rights negotiation with publishers. Lauren spends the rest of her time answering questions about copyright in teaching, and evaluating and negotiating licenses.

NOTE: Although speakers will be presenting in English, slides will be provided in both official languages. A recording of the webinar will also be posted after the event.

If you have any questions please contact Julie Morin, Program Officer at CARL ().