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Marcus Arvan

Hi Trevor: Many thanks for the helpful and informative post, and can't wait to read the book!

I'd just like to second your point about asking for a deadline extension if you need it. I could have used one on my first book but was too afraid at the time to ask. I in turn needed one on my second book, and am glad I did ask this time around: it gave me additional time I really needed!


Thanks for the post, Trevor. I'm wondering whether or not you had already published parts of your dissertation as stand-alone papers in journals. I imagine there are extra permissions you'd need to get if this were the case?

Trevor Hedberg

LM -- Good question. No papers I have published were direct adaptations of dissertation material. I do have two published papers that intersected with my dissertation topic a bit -- both were connected to the issue of whether individuals have an obligation to reduce their individual carbon footprints. The ideas in these papers come up in one of the chapters in my book, but the papers themselves were not reused -- just cited and referenced like any other work in the manuscript.

Had I wanted to reprint a paper as a chapter, I would have definitely needed to acquire permissions, and there was a formal process for doing that. I imagine every publisher has their own set of forms to complete for those requests, and if I had needed to pursue that, it would have needed to be initiated months before the final deadline for manuscript submission.


re LM: If you want to reuse material from journal articles, you need to get permission from the journal. Each journal has their own process or website for that. It's a pure formality and only takes a few minutes to complete. I believe the permissions were granted immediately when I did it. This is for using the material in a monograph. It might be different for other uses.


Every time you sign a publication agreement for an article - at least with any professional journal - they specify the conditions under which you can reuse parts of or republish in whole your paper. Often, certainly with Springer/Nature and other big publishers, you can use papers in other single author publications (that is, monographs). Really, people should read these agreements, at least once. They are legal documents.

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