Modern Language Association Journals Become Open-Access Friendly

The Modern Language Association (MLA), which publishes influential journals including PMLA, Profession and the ADE and ADFL bulletins, has adopted new policies regarding copyright. Copyright of articles will rest with authors, not the journals, and the MLA agreement will explicitly permit authors to deposit articles in open-access repositories or post on personal or departmental websites.

The MLA journal policies are influential across humanities related associations, thus this change is seen as possibly portending shifts in policy for other professional association journals.

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