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You wrote an article, and it was accepted to a journal. The publisher sends you a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) or some other type of publishing agreement to sign, but what does that agreement actually say? What rights are you giving away, and what rights do you retain? Can you post your article to your website? Can you use it in the classroom? Can you send it to colleagues?

This hands-on workshop will

  • discuss U.S. copyright basics and the rights of authors
  • look at the anatomy of a CTA
  • examine several examples of CTAs 
  • give you tools to understand general journal policies on when and how you can post articles
  • show you ways that you can negotiate with publishers to retain more rights to your work
  • discuss ways that you can share your work, such as using our full service deposit to Penn's institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons, and posting to researcher profile sites like Academia.eduResearchGate, and SelectedWorks

This workshop will mostly look at journals, but many of the principles can be applied to book contracts as well. The content is universal - whether you have never published before or are a seasoned veteran, all are welcome. Feel free to bring questions or contracts of your own!


If you are interested in this workshop but unable to attend, please contact the presenter, Sarah Wipperman, who also gives individual or group consultations on this subject and more. Customized group workshops are also available!


This workshop is part of the Digital Publishing Workshop Series.

Related LibGuide: Digital Publishing Workshop Series by Rebecca Stuhr

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kislak Center Seminar Room 627, 6th Floor
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Digital Publishing
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Event Organizer

Sarah Wipperman