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Digital Publishing Workshop Series: Current Workshops

List of workshops offered as part of the Digital Publishing Workshop Series initiative

About the Publishing Workshop Series

Congratulations on completing your research!  Do you know what you need to do to get published? These workshops are designed to help you become familiar with the platforms for publishing, the decisions you will be making as you sign contracts, the legal implication of your publishing decisions, and your options for  disseminating your research after it has been published. Whether you are publishing an article, book, video, or set of photos, these workshops will help set you up for success!

To see other workshops in the Digital Skills Workshops initiative, visit

Please see below for workshops that have been offered in the past, If you are interested in any of these workshops or workshops on the archive tab, please contact Rebecca Stuhr

Decoding Publisher Contracts: What to Look for Before You Sign

Note: The April 4th "Decoding Publisher Contracts" has been postponed (rescheduled date TBA).

You wrote an article, and it was accepted to a journal. The publisher sends you a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) or some other type of publishing agreement to sign, but what does that agreement actually say? What rights are you giving away, and what rights do you retain? Can you post your article to your website? Can you use it in the classroom? Can you send it to colleagues?

This hands-on workshop will

  • discuss U.S. copyright basics and the rights of authors
  • look at the anatomy of a CTA
  • examine several examples of CTAs 
  • give you tools to understand general journal policies on when and how you can post articles
  • show you ways that you can negotiate with publishers to retain more rights to your work
  • discuss ways that you can share your work, such as using our full service deposit to Penn's institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons, and posting to researcher profile sites like Academia.eduResearchGate, and SelectedWorks

This workshop will mostly look at journals, but many of the principles can be applied to book contracts as well. The content is universal - whether you have never published before or are a seasoned veteran, all are welcome. Feel free to bring questions or contracts of your own!

If you are interested in this workshop but unable to attend, please contact the presenter, Sarah Wipperman, who also gives individual or group consultations on this subject and more. Customized group workshops are also available!


  • Dates: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm (for both events)
  • Location: Kislak Center Seminar Room 627, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (for both events)
  • Registration: February 28 / April 4 

Platforms for Digital Publishing Projects

This workshop will provide an overview of common platforms for digital publishing projects. Participants will walk away with an understanding of what exactly “digital publishing” is, what platforms are most commonly used, and how digital publishing is supported at Penn. Platforms to be discussed include Omeka, Scalar, ScholarlyCommons (Penn’s institutional repository), subject based repositories, WordPress, Drupal, TimelineJS/StorymapJS, StoryMap by Esri, Open Science Framework, and a few others.

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Sharing Your Work: Options and Caveats

Posting your work to professional social media sites is a great way to get your work out to colleagues and the world at large, but which sites are best for you and do your publisher contracts allow it? This workshop will provide a comparative look at a variety of academic sharing platforms--their audiences and options, from mega platform to niche disciplinary platform, and the services and opportunities they provide. You will leave the workshop with a understanding the limitations copyright presents to posting, and tips for working within these limitations. For novices and experienced alike. If you have experience, please come to share and compare your insights. The world of scholarly sharing sites is continually evolving.


Publishing for Early Career Authors with Penn Press Senior Humanities Editor Jerry Singerman

Have lunch with senior editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press, Jerry Singerman. Singerman will share his seasoned perspective on how early career scholars can navigate the book publishing world. His talk includes tips on communicating with publishing firms and editors, writing book proposals, and transforming the dissertation into a scholarly monograph. Presented by the Penn Libraries and cosponsored by the Wolf Humanities Forum. Buffet lunch will be provided.


I Wrote My Dissertation...Now What?: Things Every Graduate Student Should Know About Copyright and Publishing

You're writing or have finished your dissertation...what's next? Should you embargo? Put it on ProQuest? Should you formally register for copyright? Should you use a Creative Commons license? What about the future? Are you planning on publishing based on your dissertation? This workshop will cover these issues and more, discussing your scholarship now and in the future.

You will learn about your rights as an author and how to protect them, things to take into consideration as you prepare for subsequent publication, and general tips and tricks for publishing and sharing your work. There will be ample time for Q&A., so bring your questions! 

If you are interested in this workshop but unable to attend, please contact the presenter, Sarah Wipperman, who also gives individual or group consultations on this subject and more. Customized group workshops are also available!


  • Dates: Monday, April 9, 2018 / Wednesday, April 11, 2018 / Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / Wednesday, April 18, 2018 
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm (April 9 & 18) / 10:00am - 11:00am (April 11) / 1:30pm - 2:30pm (April 17)
  • Location: Kislak Center Seminar Room 627, 6th Floor, Van Pelt Library (April 9, 17, 18) / WIC Seminar Room, Rm 124, Van Pelt Library (April 11)
  • Registration: April 9 / April 11 / April 17April 18

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