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Publishing Transcripts of Discussions, Symposia, and Conferences 

Publishing Transcripts of Discussions, Symposia, and Conferences

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

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Publishing Transcripts of Discussions, Symposia, and Conferences

When symposium papers are published, transcripts of discussion (which consist of questions or comments posed to the presenters of papers and the presenters' responses) may accompany them and are printed at the end of the article in a separate section entitled “Discussion.” Journals should require named discussants to sign the same copyright transfer or publication license that authors are required to sign. Publishing discussions from online bulletin boards, “chat rooms,” or electronic mailing lists requires permission from individual discussants and the online service provider. An example of a copyright transfer statement for discussants follows:

Copyright Transfer. In consideration of the action of the [name of publisher] in reviewing and editing the transcript or text of my discussion, I hereby transfer, assign, or otherwise convey all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the [name of publisher] in the event that such work is published by the [name of publisher].

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