Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MLA Journals Adopt New Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements

The journals of the Modern Language Association (MLA) will now provide contracts that allow authors to retain their copyright over material published in MLA journals such as PMLA, Profession and the ADE and ADFL bulletin. Prior to this change in policy, authors were required to sign their copyright over to MLA when publishing in one of that association’s journals.  This is part of a growing trend in which more and more publishers are allowing writers to retain copyright or at least negotiate their rights, a trend which is in part to due to the increasing number of options available to authors due to the growth of Open Access.

Under the new MLA terms authors will be permitted, among other things, to post their manuscripts on personal websites or institutional repositories, such as the University of Guelph’s Atrium ( The new agreement will be available to authors staring with the next full issue of each journal.

If you would like to discuss author rights, publishing or copyright issues, please contact Pascal Lupien, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team, Library (

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Open Monograph Press will soon be available

The Library currently provides a platform for publishing peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Check out the twelve journals on our system by visiting this URL:

We will soon have the capacity to expand our services into the area of monograph publishing. The Public Knowledge Project is finishing its last round of external testing of this open source platform and is poised to release the software to early adopters. While many academic institutions have established scholarly presses for print publication OMP would enable UG to undertake a very professional approach to e-book publishing with virtually no cost.

To read more about OMP visit this URL:

If you think you might be interested in publishing open access monographs please contact the Wayne Johnston of the Research Enterprise & Scholarly Communication team at