Safeguarding "The Precious": Counsel On Law Journal Publication Agreements In Digital Times


Michael N. Widener


VOL. XXVIII • Winter 2010 • NO. 2 (table of contents)

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28 John Marshall J. of Comp. & Info. Law 185


Heaping scholarship fills the academic print and online press about where legal scholars should publish and how to have one’s paper accepted for publication. But there is scarce writing about the contractual relationship between the law journal and the author of an accepted paper. This may be due in part to broadly misconstrued or ignored publication agrees, or perhaps that the business relationship is unworthy of scholarly attention. Regardless, this paper introduces a pragmatist’s perspective on evaluating and revising publication agreements, and informs student editors how publication agreements accomplish a journal’s objectives, based on current copyright law. Finally, this paper suggests forthcoming trends in “representation” of scholarly writings, how they will be retrieved and delivered to future customers, and the implications of those trends for future publication agreements.

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Author Michael N. Widener, Of Counsel, Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C., Phoenix, Arizona and Associate Faculty, University of Phoenix School of Business. The author has authored works published in state and national bar association publications, as well as student-edited and peer-reviewed journals. In law school, he was "lead articles editor" of his law school's flagship journal.

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