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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Another society journal converts to OA

The American Society of Papyrologists has converted the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists to OA.

Tom Elliott points out a snag:

I was filled with glee when I saw...that the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists is now “online open access.” ...

I salute the appearance of this resource; however, I’m troubled by the absence of a license statement. What am I allowed to do with these documents? Can I copy them to give to students? Can I put them into my institution’s digital repository? ...

(Thanks to Klaus Graf.)

PS:  I share Elliott's glee and questions.  However, the problem is easy to fix.  At least one flavor of CC license should fit BASP's purposes, and all the CC licenses are human-readable, lawyer-readable, machine-readable, and free of charge.