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Announcements, Copyright Office, Events

Are you interested in publishing your research in academic journals or with a university press? Do you have questions about how contemporary academic publishing works? Please join us for “Publish, Not Perish: Tools for Success,” a series of workshops during the winter semester that will help you navigate the challenges every new academic author faces. Taught by published authors, staff from the University of Michigan Press, and experts on copyright and open access, these sessions will cover a range of questions one might have about publishing journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and many other forms of scholarship.

Use the links below to register, and contact if you have questions or suggestions for future workshop topics. 

Tips on Publishing a Scholarly Book
Thursday, 2/6, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
This session, directed to graduate students and junior faculty in the social sciences and humanities, will discuss the process of publishing a scholarly book. Attendees will learn how to craft a book proposal, identify potential publishers, approach press editors, and benefit from peer review at a university press. Equally important, you will find out how to work with a publisher’s marketing team to promote book sales, compete for book prizes, and draw wide attention for their scholarship. Bring your questions–and get answers from an experienced acquiring editor and a marketing professional.

Open Access Essentials
Tuesday, 2/18, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Want to make sure your published work reaches as many readers as possible? Interested in publishing in an open access journal, but aren’t able to pay a publication charge? Curious about why your funding agency is requiring you to share your research findings? This workshop will discuss the basics of open access and how the landscape of scholarly publishing is changing. Attendees will learn how to select appropriate publication venues, understand their rights as an author, and identify important trends in the larger publishing world that are relevant to their work.

Copyright and Your Dissertation
Wednesday, 3/12, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Copyright for the dissertation writer doesn’t have to be scary or confusing. In this workshop we’ll cover data, images, and reusing prior published articles in your dissertation. We’ll also show you how to protect your copyright as an author and how to get permissions when necessary. This session is specifically for those working on a dissertation or thesis.

Faculty Advice for New Academic Authors
Thursday, 3/13, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
A panel of faculty members from a range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences will discuss their experience as authors, editors, and reviewers in today’s academic publishing environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from faculty on topics such as:

  • how the peer review process works
  • what presses are looking for in book proposal
  • common methods for handling reviewer feedback
  • tips for successfully co-authoring materials
  • advice for fitting writing into a busy schedule
  • and much more!

Registration for all sessions is available via the Teaching and Technology Collaborative.

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