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21 October 2015
Open Access Week: Publisher Contracts 101

Publisher Contracts 101: What happens after your paper is accepted?

It’s International Open Access Week - a time when UWC academics think about how to share their work with the rest of the world so that anybody anywhere can build on it, work with it, and use it to help make the world a better place.

That’s why Prof Bernard Martin (Dean: Law Faculty) will be giving a lunchtime talk on Wednesday 21 October, exploring what’s at stake when you sign a publisher’s contract.

Here are a few facts you might not be aware of:

  • Signing a publisher's contract invariably means your copyright is transferred (usually offshore).

  • In this way monopoly over your work is handed to publishers (>50% of scholarly publishing market resides in the hands of 5 mega-publishers who enjoy profits of up to 40%).

  • No single university can afford all journals needed by researchers to stay up to date with work in their field - let alone all of them (most research is supported by public funding).

  • Faculties supply journals with papers and also service them by performing peer review (UWC has an open access policy).

Surprised? Well, come along to the workshop and find out:

  • How Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Springer & Wiley responded to UWC's Legal Addendum to Publisher Contracts

  • How to extend the visibility and standing of UWC through the UWC Research Repository

  • How to make sure you know what your publishing options are

Publisher Contracts 101 Event Details

Date:   Wednesday, 21 October

Time:  13h00 sharp (light refreshments will be served from 12:45)

Venue: Chemistry Building, Room 3.8.2

RSVP: Jacqueline Denton ( or x2209)

Stay tuned for more news about International Open Access Week. And if you’re interested in finding out more about UWC's open policies, just visit the UWC Library Blog at and have a look around.