Sign up for our academic publishing workshops at the Scholars’ Commons

This semester, we are offering four publishing workshops for the IU Libraries Scholars' Commons Spring 2015 Series. These sessions are geared toward junior faculty and PhD students who are new to the academic publishing process. Registration is free and open to any IU student, faculty, or staff member. The spring schedule includes workshops on the following topics:

Polishing Your Book Proposal
February 20, 2015
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wells Library E174

Are you looking for some feedback on your academic book proposal before you submit it? In this hands-on workshop, participants are asked to bring five copies of their proposals for small group discussion, led by an IU Press editor. Twelve tips for writing an effective proposal and one-on-one guidance will be provided. Space is limited to 16 registrants.

Speaker: Rebecca Tolen (Sponsoring Editor, IU Press)

Should I Embargo My Dissertation?
February 23, 2015
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)

Should you make your dissertation immediately available to the world via ProQuest Dissertations, or request a two-year (or longer) embargo period? Graduate students are getting either no advice or conflicting advice on this question. This session presents a range of positions and options so that dissertation authors can make informed decisions about their first major publication.

Speakers: Naz Pantaloni, Shayna Pekala, Dee Mortensen (Senior Sponsoring Editor, IU Press), Judith Allen, Michael Grossberg, Shelly Gerber-Sparks

Beware of Predators: How to Avoid Getting Ripped off by Predatory Journal Publishers
March 3, 2015
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)

Beware the predatory publisher! Predatory publishers exploit the "author pays" model of open access to profit from unsuspecting scholars. They engage in a variety of unethical practices to entice contributors, then charge them for non-existent services. In this workshop, participants will learn about common scams to look out for and how to evaluate the legitimacy of an open access publication.

Speakers: Shayna Pekala, Naz Pantaloni, Michael Regoli (Director of Electronic and Journals Publishing, IU Press), Jian Liu, and Bob Noel

Marketing Your Academic Book
April 15, 2015
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wells Library E174

You’ve just published a book—now what? This workshop for first-time authors will cover what you can expect academic publishers to do to market your book, and what your publisher will expect from you. We will provide tips on how to be an effective self-promoter, and will also explore the increasing importance of social media marketing.

Speakers: Dave Hulsey (Director of Sales and Marketing, IU Press) and Laura Baich (Electronic Marketing Manager, IU Press)

In addition to these workshops, IU Press staff members are available to answer questions on publishing every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room K of the Scholars’ Commons, located in the east tower on the first floor of the Wells Library. Consultants are available on a first-come, first-served basis during their scheduled time.

About the Scholars' Commons Series
Each semester, the Scholars' Commons hosts workshops in four themed areas: Thriving in Academia, Surviving Grad School, Digital Library Brown Bag Series, and Tools in Context. Many sessions are offered jointly with Scholars' Commons partners such as the Data to Insight Center, the Office of Scholarly Publishing, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, and more. See a complete schedule of events on the IU Libraries website.