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Scholarly Publishing Guide

This guide will help you evaluate and select journals, avoid predatory publishers, negotiate publishing contracts, understand mandates for sharing your publication, and reuse your own work appropriately.


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Negotiating Your Rights Before Publication

Just because a publisher's standard contract may include or exclude certain rights, you have the right to negotiate the contract to maintain additional rights or to increase open access to your work.

The following examples of addendums or amendments to publication agreements may be helpful as models or templates.

Regaining Rights After Publication

It may sometimes be possible to regain certain rights to past works that were already transferred to a publisher.

More Publishing Contracts: Digital Scholarship and Books

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