open access, legal scholarship, electronic access, legal information, law reviews, law journals
The Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship, drafted by a group of academic law library directors, was promulgated in February 2009. It calls for two things: (1) open access publication of law school–published journals; and (2) an end to print publication of law journals, coupled with a commitment to keeping the electronic versions available in “stable, open, digital formats.” The two years since the Statement was issued have seen increased publication of law journals in openly available electronic formats, but little movement toward all-electronic publication. This article discusses the issues raised by the Durham Statement, the current state of law journal publishing, and directions forward.
Richard A. Danner et al., The Durham Statement Two Years Later: Open Access in the Law School Journal Environment, 103 Law Library Journal 39-54 (2011)