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Get It Right: Negotiating the Publishing Contract and Rights to Your Scholarship

The Georgetown University Scholarly Communication Committee presents the spring Scholarly Communication Symposium with speakers:

Jan Constantine, General Counsel, The Authors Guild
Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor and Program Manager, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
Laura Leichum, Digital Publishing and Rights Manager, Georgetown University Press
and moderator Yianna Vovides, Director of Learning Design and Research, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS)


Are you ready to publish a book or journal article? One of the first steps in the publication process is to sign a publication agreement with your publisher. This agreement will define what rights you are transferring to the publisher and what rights, if any, you are retaining.

Before you sign, read the agreement, understand what it says, and negotiate to retain rights to your work!

In this workshop, our panel of experts will provide you with practical advice on how to take an active approach to managing copyright in your works. There are many questions to ask as you review the publication agreement, including:

  • What rights, if any, do I have to use the work in future academic or professional endeavors?
  • Can I upload an article or book chapter to my personal website or an institutional repository?
  • Am I restricted in any way on publishing future editions of my work or new works on the topic?
  • What can the publisher do with my work in the future?

Our panelists will address these issues and more. You will leave the workshop with the background and knowledge you need to negotiate effectively with publishers and to preserve the rights you need as an author, educator, and scholar.

Ample time will be provided for questions and answers with the panelists.

RSVP here.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Friday, April 17 to Grace McKinney at gsm37@georgetown.edu. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill all requests.

Members of the Scholarly Communication Committee include Richard Brown, Director, Georgetown University Press; Meg Oakley, Interim Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communications, Lauinger Library; William Olsen, Social Sciences Bibliographer, Lauinger Library; Carole Sargent, Director, Office of Scholarly Publications; Morgan Stoddard, Research Services Librarian, Georgetown University Law Library; and Yianna Vovides, Director of Learning Design and Research, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS).

April 24, 2015
Murray Room, 5th Floor, Lauinger Library
Contact Information: 

Grace McKinney, gsm37@georgetown.edu or 202-687-7446

RSVP by: 
Thursday, April 23, 2015