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Using the Amendment
- Think about how you might wish to use the work in
the future in your teaching and scholarship. Think also
about how your institution, colleagues and students
might benefit from use of your scholarship on web pages
and in a repository.
- Thoroughly read the publishing contract. Be sure
that you understand what you are giving away and what
you are keeping. The future of your scholarly work is
at stake. Get help if you need it.
- Complete the author amendment, print a copy, and
attach it to your publishing agreement. Write a cover
letter to the publisher noting the presence of the
amendment. Mail the contract, amendment and letter to
- Negotiate to keep those rights which are important
to you. If a publisher is unwilling to accept the
amendment, find out specifically why. Modify the
agreement as you need to. If a publisher is unwilling
to negotiate at all, weigh your priorities and decide
whether it is more important to retain your future
rights or place your work with this publisher.
- Be sure to get signed acceptance of your amendment
confirmed by the publisher. Keep a copy of all
paperwork for your records.
- Save the post print manuscript of your
work. Even if you did not retain the right to
post it to your web pages or institutional repository
now, the publisher may grant those rights in the