MLA Journals Adopt New Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements

From the Modern Language Association blog (with thanks to Miriam of Ohio State U.):

MLA Journals Adopt New Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements

The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLA, Profession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins, have adopted new open-access-friendly author agreements, which will go into use with their next full issues. The revised agreements leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit in open-access repositories and post on personal or departmental Web sites the versions of their manuscripts accepted for publication. For more information on the new agreements, please contact the office of scholarly communication.

From Inside Higher Ed blogger Scott Jaschik:

Rosemary G. Feal, executive director of the MLA, said…”we see that publishing needs are changing, and our members are telling us that they want to place their scholarship in repositories, and to disseminate work on blogs.” Professors want to produce articles that “circulate freely,” she said, and that reach as many people as possible.

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