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“code” by Sofía Moya; used under CC BY US 3.0 from The Noun Project

As authors incorporate an increasing number of digital tools and methods into their work, and university presses pursue new opportunities to maximize the impact of that scholarship in a networked environment, both parties will need a publishing agreement that meets their needs.

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University and the University of Michigan seek to develop a model author-publisher contract and relevant addenda optimized for the publication of long-form digital scholarship.

In order to ensure this contract meets the needs of both authors and publishers, we solicited feedback from authors, publishers, and other interested stakeholders. The final documents are available on the Contract Documents tab. If you have questions, please contact the team at