Can I Resell an Article That's Already Been Published?

Q: When submitting an already published article—which carried one-time rights—what information do I owe the new editor?—Jack C.

A: You need to tell the new editor the name of the publication and the issue date in which your article first appeared. Also, make it clear that you sold them only first serial rights, and so you’re now free to peddle it again. And never try to sell your article a second time until it’s already run in the publication that owns its first serial rights—this can lead you down a long, embarrassing path. Better safe than sorry.

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