Open Access Law: Author Pledge



WE, THE AUTHORS OF LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP, BELIEVE that this scholarship should be available to the widest possible audience, regardless of wealth.

WE BELIEVE that law journals should subscribe to Open Access principles, as articulated in the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge, and the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

WE BELIEVE that the ethics of a legal scholar include supporting Open Access principles to ensure free and neutral access to legal scholarship.

THEREFORE, WE PLEDGE to encourage the adoption of Open Access principles in law journals. This means that:

  1. When we have editorial control over a law journal we will adopt Open Access principles as part of editorial policy.
  2. When we act as an advisor to a law journal we will encourage the editors to adopt Open Access principles as part of editorial policy.
  3. When we act as authors contributing to a law journal, we contribute only to journals that adhere to Open Access principles, by offering an author at least the freedoms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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See the legal authors who have taken the Open Access Law Author Pledge.