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Symposium on Authors’ Rights April 24

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.

On Friday, April 24, the Library and Scholarly Communication Committee will host a workshop on authors’ rights to help you understand your publication agreement and negotiate to retain rights to your work. The Spring Scholarly Communication Symposium, Get It Right: Negotiating the Publishing Contract and Rights to Your Scholarship, will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Murray Room on the fifth floor of Lauinger Library.

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

The Scholarly Communication Committee is composed of scholarly communication professionals from across the University, including:
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
Yianna Vovides, Director of Learning Design and Research, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS).