Deciphering Publishing Contracts

The CFDE is partnering with the Office of Scholarly Communications in the library to present a series of workshops on copyright and publishing contracts for faculty authors. Our expert presenter is Jody Bailey, head of Scholarly Communications. 

Deciphering Publishing Contracts: Digital Projects

Wednesday January 22
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Common, traditional forms of scholarly output such as journal articles and books have fairly common, standard terms and conditions in the publishing contracts associated with them. But what about newer forms of scholarship, such as expansive, open access digital projects that may not have a definitive end? These projects have different workflows and outputs and are usually not sold or distributed as other scholarly works are. Attend this workshop to gain an understanding of how these differences will lead to publishing contracts that look quite different from what you may have seen before. We will look at a model publishing contract for digital projects as well as example contracts from real projects.

Jody Bailey, Head of the Scholarly Communications Office at Emory University Libraries, leads a team of librarians and library specialists who are responsible for services surrounding copyright, open access and publishing, research data management, and open educational resources. The team also manages two scholarly repositories that publish works by Emory faculty and students. Jody is a member of the Board of Directors for the Library Publishing Coalition, and her scholarly interests include open-access publishing, open educational resources, user-centered library services, and outreach activities. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at numerous conferences, and has an master of arts in linguistics from Louisiana State University and an master of library and information science from Wayne State University. 

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Allison Adams, CFDE, at 727-5269 or to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Previous Sessions

Deciphering Publishing Contracts: Journal Articles

Wednesday Sept 18, Noon
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

You have expertise in your own discipline, which is probably not copyright and contract law. So it’s likely that you do what most people do when faced with a publishing agreement for a journal article: You sign it without really understanding what it says or grasping its long-term implications, such as transferring ownership of your intellectual property to a for-profit corporation. Attend this workshop to learn about or get a refresher on the basics of copyright and open access. We will also spend time looking at examples of publishing contracts for journal articles and discussing the short- and long-term ramifications of various terms and conditions in them.

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Deciphering Publishing Contracts: Books

Wednesday Nov 13, Noon
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

If you are like most scholars, you have signed contracts when publishing journal articles. Although these documents are complex, they pale in comparison to most book publishing contracts. In this workshop, we will review copyright basics and spend time looking at examples of book contracts. You will come away with an improved understanding of common terms and conditions in these contracts and a greater sense of what you might be able to negotiate as well as when it may be advisable to seek legal counsel. 

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