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Publishers Contracts 101: Copyright and Open Access

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Publishers Contracts 101: Copyright and Open Access

Time: October 21, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Country: South Africa
Street: Robert Sobukwe
City/Town: Bellville
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Phone: +27 21 959 2209
Event Type: seminar
Organized By: UWC Library
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2015

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Prof Bernard Martin (Dean: Law Faculty) will give a lunchtime talk exploring what’s at stake when you sign a publisher’s contract.

Acceptance of papers by research journals is cause for celebration.  What happens next is critical for the future dissemination of your paper.


  • Signing a publisher’s contract invariably means your copyright is transferred (usually off shore)
    In this way, monopoly over your work is handed to publishers
  • 55% of scholarly publishing market resides in hands of 5 mega-publishers who enjoy profits of 40%
  • No university can afford all the journals needed by researchers
    Most research is supported by public funding
  • Faculty supply journals with papers and also service them by performing peer review
    UWC has an open access policy


  • How Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Springer and Wiley responded to UWC’s Legal Addendum to Publisher Contracts
  • How to extend the visibility and standing of UWC through the UWC Research Repository

Wednesday 21 October at 1pm (light refreshments from 12:45)
Chemistry Building, Room 3.8.2

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