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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

OA journal drops paper edition

The journal Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies has posted this announcement, undated but apparently recent. (Thanks to Charles Ellwood Jones.)

Volume 49 (2009) will be the last volume of GRBS printed on paper. Beginning with volume 50, issues will be published quarterly on-line on the GRBS website, on terms of free access. We undertake this transformation in the hope of affording our authors a wider readership; out of concern for the financial state of our libraries; and in the belief that the dissemination of knowledge should be free.

The current process of submission and peer-review of papers will continue unchanged. The on-line format will be identical with our pages as now printed, and so articles will continue to be cited by volume, year, and page numbers.

Our hope is that both authors and readers will judge this new medium to be to their advantage, and that such open access will be of benefit to continuing scholarship on Greece.

Comment. The announcement frames the change as a conversion to OA, but I've titled the post "OA journal drops paper edition" because I believe that's more accurate. Archived versions of the journal site show that the journal has provided OA to complete issues for several years. But it may be the case that the OA edition previously was delayed relative to the paper edition, and that now there will be no such delay.