OA Week Authors’ Rights Event @ Brooklyn College, 10/27/11

You Know What You Write, But Do You Know Your Rights?
Understanding and Protecting Your Rights as an Author

Thursday, October 27, 2011
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn College Library, Room 412C

Light lunch will be provided
Space is limited, so RSVP is required
RSVP to Professor Jill Cirasella, cirasella@brooklyn.cuny.edu
(Brooklyn College faculty have priority at this event, but other CUNY faculty are welcome to attend if there is space.  Email cirasella@brooklyn.cuny.edu to inquire.)

When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it? Different journals have different policies:

  • Some journals require you to relinquish your copyright. (After you sign this kind of agreement, you have to ask permission or even pay to share your article with students and colleagues!)
  • Some journals allow you to retain some rights (e.g., the right to post the article online).
  • Some journals leave copyright in your hands. (You simply give the journal a non-exclusive license to publish the article.)

How can you find out a journal’s policy? How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, researcher, and author? Come learn over lunch how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create.

This workshop is being offered as a part of Open Access Week (October 24-30, 2011). For more information about the problems with traditional journal publishing and the promise of open access publishing, and to learn about Open Access Week events across CUNY, visit http://openaccess.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

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About Jill Cirasella

Jill Cirasella is the Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
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