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Sharing And Fairness

The immigration field is fortunate in that many knowledgable practitioners are willing to share their insights with their colleagues. We believe that those who educate the immigration law community on significant matters in immigration law and practice should receive a fair deal for their contributions. We urge all authors to follow 3 simple principles: Recognition, Respect, and Control.

  • Recognition - Authors are well aware that the primary benefit of writing articles is recognition. Here every publisher (West/Interpreter Releases, AILA, Bender) has their own unique strengths. ILW.COM's are its nimbleness and innovation due to its being a small organization, and a truly diverse readership including immigration attorneys, HR professionals/immigrants, Congressional staffers, Executive Branch government officials, and journalists.
  • Respect - At a minimum, authors should receive at least one complimentary copy of the book (or a complimentary subscription to the periodical) which featured their article and/or an honorarium as a token of appreciation for their scholarly contributions. Authors who contribute significantly to a book or periodical should receive additional compensation in the form of royalties and/or significant honoraria.
  • Control - Authors stand to benefit by repurposing an article in several media - the most popular ones are a law firm website, a local bar periodical, distributions to clients, etc. Surrending copyright restricts the authors' ultimate control over their work and should not be usually done without obtaining some significant value in exchange.
We believe that the principles enunciated above are fair and leave adequate room for publishers to make a buck. We encourage authors and publishers alike in the immigration law field to follow these principles.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.



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