FAQ Copyright

What do I need to consider prior to depositing content? 


You are responsible for ensuring that the content you deposit in the Atrium does not infringe on the rights of publishers or any other entity or party. 

If your content: 

  • Has not been previously published, and you have not transferred your rights to another entity, you are the copyright owner of the material and are free to deposit the content and determine end use rights. 
  • Has been published, you must check your author agreement or check with the publisher to see what rights you may have signed away during the publishing process and what rights you have retained. This will always be specific to each individual piece of work. 


Depositing your work in the Atrium complies with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy requirements for publications. However, if your work has been previously published, you are responsible for ensuring that the journal you have published in will allow you to deposit your published work in an institutional repository, and if the publisher/journal has any specific requirements for self-archiving such as which version of your work can be self-archived (e.g., preprint, accepted manuscript, publisher’s version of record) and under what conditions such as a temporary access embargo. 

Please check your publishing agreement or your publisher’s website for their open access and self-archiving policies. 

Interpreting self-archiving rights for your published works can be challenging, but we can help. Connect with us about your options for complying with open access and self-archiving policies. 

Distribution rights 

The University of Guelph will have the non-exclusive right to distribute your work freely and provide long-term access to it via the Atrium.  You (or your publisher) will retain copyright to the work. Please see the Digital Repositories Policy (IV. Representations, Warranties, License) for more details. 

End-user licensing 

If you are the current copyright owner of the work, you can determine what others can do with your work.  

During the deposit process, you will be able to apply a Creative Commons end-user license to your work to clearly indicate to others how they may use your work. The Creative Commons License Chooser can be used to help you select an appropriate license for your work or contact us for support. 

Who can access content I deposit in the Atrium?

Content deposited in the Atrium is, by default, openly accessible to the world and is discoverable through major search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. 

In certain cases, a temporary delay to public access (i.e., embargo) may be placed on an item. The item will automatically become publicly available upon the expiry of the embargo period.