NCFDD Webinar: Intro to Academic Publishing Contracts & Negotiation Basics

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on January 24, 2023

Too often, academic authors receive an offer and contract from a university press and sign it without fully understanding what they are agreeing to, which can cause issues further in their careers. The objective of this webinar is to give you an introduction to the structure and language of university press contracts, as well as equip you with tips and tools on how to navigate the negotiation process. As the author and owner of valuable intellectual property, you should feel empowered to advocate for yourself and the rights to your work. Major points to be discussed, time permitting, include: grant of rights (Territory, Language, Type), advance and royalties, subsidiary rights, competing works, option clauses, copyright, termination, and rights reversion.

Because of WPI's institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), all WPI faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students can view this webinar free of charge. To create an account and enroll in a program, go to the NCFDD home page, click “Become a member,” and select WPI from the drop-down menu to register and login. 

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