Implementing the Durham Statement

Best Practices for Open Access Law Journals

Friday, October 22, 2010 (all day)

The Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship has generated much discussion in legal education because of its call for law schools to move toward electronic publication of their student-edited journals. This workshop was a follow-up to the Durham Statement, aimed primarily at student law review editors, and at law librarians, law review advisers, publishers, and all others who are interested in open access and legal publishing.

The program covered issues and best practices for law journals to consider as they move into electronic publishing. Morning Session speakers included experts on open access in law and in law review publishing. Afternoon panels included developers of electronic journal publishing platforms and technologists knowledgeable regarding access and preservation issues for legal scholarship.

The workshop was webcast live on Duke University's Ustream channel and the Law School home page (see archived links at right; RealPlayer required for viewing). Webcast viewers were able to send questions via email or post questions on Twitter with the hashtag #durhamOA; throughout the day, moderators shared some of these remote questions with workshop participants.

The workshop was co-sponsored by Duke Law School's J. Michael Goodson Law Library and the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, and the Harvard Law School Library. Michelle Pearse, Librarian for Open Access Initiatives and Scholarly Communication at Harvard, and Richard Danner, Rufty Research Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke, organized the event.