Today, research results are not simply disseminated through traditional journal subscriptions. With increases in subscription costs and more people accessing information online, scholars can reach wider audiences by publishing in a variety of venues, from well-reputed online forums and online networks to open access journals.
Many authors forfeit their right to share results widely when they sign strict copyright agreements with publishers. Learn how to retain crucial parts of your copyright and maximize the impact of your work with SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. SPARC provides download-able “Author Addendums” to submit to traditional publishers, overviews of author rights and more.
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. 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. Leading academic organizations have endorsed SPARC.