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Presentation given via Zoom during Open Access Week, University Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 27, 2021.

Video of the session is available at


Copyright 2021, the authors. Open access material.

License: CC BY 4.0.



• Selecting a journal or publisher

• Avoiding predatory journals

• How to write for publication

• How to endure peer review

• Publishers’ contracts

• Open access

• Preprints

• Your thesis/dissertation online


• Basic copyright: Know your rights

• Rights transfer: Permissions, Licensing

• Use of your work: Fair use, Educational use

Join Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sue Gardner, and 40-year publishing veteran and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, Paul Royster, to learn the ins and outs of publishing. Topics include where to publish or distribute your work, how to navigate publishing agreements, and how to maintain your authors' rights.

About the speakers: Sue Gardner is Scholarly Communications Librarian. She works to build the online Digital Commons repository for UNL academic and research works and consults on questions related to publishing and using teaching materials in the classroom and online. She can discuss issues with you such as copyright, licensing, open access, editing, co-authorship, submitting your work for publication, and promoting your work. Paul Royster manages the online Digital Commons repository for UNL academic and research works and consults on questions of copyright. A veteran of 40+ years in publishing with Yale and Nebraska university presses, Barron’s Educational, and the Library of America, since 2005 he has been Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the UNL Libraries.

About the Preparing for Sharing Your Research workshop series: Sharing your research--writing, presenting, publishing--is an exciting part of the research process, and it can also bring a host of new questions and nerves, whether it's your first time or your hundredth time sharing your work. In this Zoom-based series hosted by the University Libraries Dinsdale Family Learning Commons, you will learn strategies for visually representing your work, navigating publishing agreements and maintaining your authors' rights, effectively communicating your research with the public, and more. Each workshop focuses on different aspects of disseminating your work and provides an informal environment to ask questions and get help. Attend one, attend them all, or anything in between. Supplemental materials and recordings can be found at