I’m late in noting the great news from the Modern Language Association (MLA), which so many folks have already shared:
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.
While this news is over a week old and has been widely and enthusiastically shared already, it bears repeating on its own and bears repeating that this is part of the other exciting work MLA is doing in support of scholarly communications overall, making it a model for other organizations as well. Kudos to MLA!