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Authors must navigate a variety of distribution models when thinking about sharing their content. Does one choose a subscription-based or open access publication? The decision may also mean juggling institutional and grant-related requirements regarding venue and copyright. Choosing is daunting. In concert, librarians and publishers must grasp the implications of the services offered, from read and publish contracts to rights retention policies. By engaging community leaders working closely on these issues, this roundtable will delve into important topics at the intersection of accessibility, cost, and authorship to reveal important insights about the ever-changing scholarly communications environment.

Confirmed speakers include Kyle Courtney, Director of Copyright and Information Policy, Harvard University Library, Judy Ruttenberg, Senior Director, Scholarship and Policy, ARL (Association of Research Libraries) and David Weinreich, Director of Public Affairs of the Americas, STM and Principle, Weinreich Strategic Group.

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Event Sessions


Kyle Courtney

Director, Copyright and Information Policy
Harvard University

David Weinreich

Director of Public Affairs of the Americas, STM
and Principal, Weinreich Strategic Group

In anticipation of this event, the following questions were posed to the panel as a basis for discussion…

What are copyright laws generally?

What circumstances in scholarly communications affect this foundational legal understanding?

For each of you, what is meant by rights retention policies and how might this impact the reuse of scholarly content?

What factors should authors consider when choosing a venue for the publication of their work?

How can institutions and publishers support authors to make informed decisions in regard to how to distribute their work?

How do institutional, funding or grant-related requirements impact choice of publication and copyright?

What are the most important features of contracts that authors, institutions, and publishers need to understand and navigate?

How can libraries and publishers assist researchers in making informed decisions and beneficial contracts for all parties?

Authors must navigate costs associated with publication and in consideration of retention of rights. Are there ideal solutions in achieving that balance?

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