New open access title and project
One of the many professional hats I wear is the one as director of the nascent open access imprint New Prairie Press. It is both fun and gratifying work; being part of a solution rather than a problem can only generate such vibes. Today I received consent to add another title to our list, the GDR Bulletin.
The GDR Bulletin, covering East German literature and culture, was published by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University from 1975 until 1999 as a subscription-based paper journal. Earlier this decade, the department made PDFs for most of the run freely available online, which de facto made the title open access after the fact. The PDFs, however, are for the entire issue, and the site lacks article level data, making them hard to find. Then there are the issues of preservation, stable linking, and so on.
As an alumnus of that department, it made sense to inquire about republishing the title on a modern platform with all of the benefits that brings. Happily, the department agreed, and over the next few months I will successively publish the entire run of the journal.