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SBL Open-Access Policy

The Society of Biblical Literature has responded to the changing practices of modern international scholarship by developing a publishing program that provides books in multiple digital formats and books and journals in library databases for convenient one-stop researching. In addition, SBL publishes two open-access book series through its International Cooperation Initiative program: Ancient Near Eastern Monographs and International Voices in Biblical Studies. The ICI Online Book initiative also provides to students and scholars in ICI-qualifying countries free electronic access to many SBL publications as well as the publications of partner publishers.

Now SBL, through the careful review of the Research and Publications Committee, has developed a Green Open Access Policy for authors who contribute to the SBL publishing program.

The general policy states the following:

The SBL endorses a Green Open Access (GOA) policy. This policy allows the author to post or archive a PDF file of the postprint manuscript in specified types of open-access locations–the author’s institutional repository (IR) and the author’s personal or institutional website–following an eighteen-month embargo from publication date. The complete article citation must be provided as specified by SBL.

See complete policy details here or find a permission request form here.

 
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