Administrative Handbook



Open Access is not a publication series, but rather a holistic approach to pursue opportunities for publications from any series or publications outside of series to be made available openly available online.


The Open Access Editor manages the strategic vision for and facilitates implementation of open access activities of the Association. The Editor collaborates with the Chair of the Publications Committee, MLA monographic series editors, and various MLA committees, group coordinators, and chapters to identify and prioritize opportunities for open practices in publishing where appropriate. The Editor also collaborates with other committees, such as the Web Committee, to review and recommend infrastructure projects to support open access publication and discovery. The Editor receives and solicits proposals and manuscripts, and consults with appropriate readers in the selection of projects or manuscripts for publication, and coordinates any peer review of submissions (if applicable). The Editor, in collaboration with publishing partners, establishes timelines and workflows. The Editor edits content for publication, or collaborates with more appropriate editors in subject specialties. With other MLA representatives (such as the Business Office, Administrative Officers, Web Manager, among others) the Editor oversees contract agreements and content specifications for any OA platform.
The editor submits three Board reports each year (see section V.A.3.a) plus an Annual Report (see section VI.D.7) and sends copies to the chair of the Publications Committee. The Editor serves as a member of MLA’s Publications Committee and receives a quarterly honorarium. (approved 07/2018; rev. 7/2018)