Dispute Over Who Will Publish an Academic Journal Goes to Court

Sometimes one word makes all the difference. A dispute over a clause in a publishing contract has landed a small scholarly association and the parent institution of a major university press in court, battling over who owns the intellectual rights to the association’s journal.

The dispute pits the Social Science History Association against Duke University and its press, a leading publisher of academic journals. In June 2012, the association told Duke it wanted to end their