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Copyright

This page has information about general copyright restrictions that apply to the material that is available through the PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada) site.

All of the material available from the PMC Canada site is provided by the respective publishers or authors. Almost all of it is protected by Canadian and/or foreign copyright laws, even though PMC Canada provides free access to it. The respective copyright holders retain rights for reproduction, redistribution and reuse. Users of PMC Canada are directly and solely responsible for compliance with copyright restrictions and are expected to adhere to the terms and conditions defined by the copyright holder. Transmission, reproduction, or reuse of protected material is subject to copyright.

Copyright Statements in PMC Canada

Articles and other material in PMC Canada usually include an explicit copyright statement. In the absence of a copyright statement, users should assume that standard copyright protection applies, unless the article contains an explicit statement to the contrary. In case of doubt, contact the journal publisher to verify the copyright status of an article.

Restrictions on Systematic Downloading of Articles

Crawlers and other automated processes may NOT be used to systematically retrieve batches of articles from the PMC Canada web site. Bulk downloading of articles from the main PMC Canada web site, in any way, is prohibited because of copyright restrictions.


Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How will PMC Canada address issues of copyright?
  2. How can I find out whether my publisher allows me to submit my journal article to PMC Canada?
  3. What do I need to know about my publisher’s copyright policy in order to submit a manuscript to PMC Canada?
  4. What happens if a paper submitted to PMC Canada violates copyright?
  5. As a publisher, how do we remove an article that appears in PMC Canada we believe to be in conflict with the author's transfer of copyright to the journal?
  6. Are there any restrictions on the use of the material in PMC Canada?

  1. How will PMC Canada address issues of copyright?

    All of the material available in PMC Canada is provided either by publishers or authors. While access to this content is free, most content is protected by Canadian and/or foreign copyright laws.

    Copyright holders retain rights for reproduction, redistribution and reuse of material. Transmission, reproduction, or reuse of protected material (beyond that allowed by the fair use principles of copyright law) requires the written permission of copyright owners.

    Authors and publishers who submit publications to PMC Canada are directly and solely responsible for complying with copyright restrictions defined by the copyright holder.

  2. How can I find out whether my publisher allows me to submit my journal article to PMC Canada?

    You can usually discover your publisher’s self-archiving policy by consulting the following sources:

    1. The journal’s website (or by contacting its editorial staff);
    2. The SHERPA RoMEO website

    Many publishers will specifically outline the conditions under which deposits to PubMed Central (PMC (U.S.)) can be made. These conditions generally extend to PMC Canada.

  3. What do I need to know about my publisher’s copyright policy in order to submit a manuscript to PMC Canada?

    You will need to know:

    1. Which full text article version your publisher deems permissible for deposit to PubMed Central (or other third-party online repository).

      Versions include:

      Term Definition
      “Author’s Version” (also known as “Author’s Pre-Print”) The first, unedited draft of the article prior to peer-review.
      “Accepted Manuscript” (also known as “Pre-Print” or “Author’s Post-Print”) The finished article incorporating all amendments resulting from the peer-review process but without publisher typesetting.
      “Publisher's version” (also known as “Version of Record” or “Publisher's Version/PDF”) The fixed version of a journal article that has been published in a formal volume / issue format. Contains publisher typesetting.

    2. The embargo period or release delay (the period of time that must elapse after the print or online publication date before the publication can be made visible in the repository).

    Once you have the appropriate full-text article version in hand, and know the embargo period or release delay, you can begin the submission process.

  4. What happens if a paper submitted to PMC Canada violates copyright?

    In the event an author violates their copyright agreement, PMC Canada may receive a take-down notice from the publisher. In such cases, PMC Canada Help Desk staff will remove the manuscript from the PMC Canada archive.

  5. As a publisher, how do we remove an article that appears in PMC Canada we believe to be in conflict with the author's transfer of copyright to the journal?

    Please send a request to the PMC Canada Help Desk. Provide the citation of the article to be removed, the PubMed ID of the article, and its URL in PMC Canada. Also include relevant details of the author's copyright transfer agreement for the article.

  6. Are there any restrictions on the use of the material in PMC Canada?

    Yes. Although access to the material in PMC Canada is free, the use of the material is still subject to the copyright and/or related license terms of the respective authors or publishers. Please see the PMC Canada Copyright Notice for more information.