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Services for Authors at the Penn Libraries: Other Considerations

Other Considerations

Before & After you submit

  • Rank your journal/publisher preferences based on your publishing plan
  • Ensure that your manuscript is formatted correctly and follows the journal's guidelines
  • If you have co-authors, decide who will be in charge of copyright concerns
  • Keep a folder with your preprint, postprint, publishing contract, and final version


Read and negotiate your publishing contract

  • Use an author addendum and/or negotiate for more rights to your work.
    • Journals: Use the SPARC Author Addendum to retain more rights. If the publisher does not accept a SPARC addendum, try to negotiate for things that you want. Publishers often have multiple contract options. 
    • Note: You are often not required to use the click through agreement. Write to your editor if you would like to submit an addendum or negotiate your agreement
    • Make sure to keep track of your manuscript provenance
  • Confirm your publisher's policy on the conditions under which you can share your work