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The California Law Review announced its new policy in this email:

From: Jean Galbraith <jeang AT uclink.berkeley.edu>
Date: March 31, 2004 5:04:34 PM EST
To: hunterd AT wharton.upenn.edu
Subject: CLR's electronic posting policy

Dear Professor Hunter,

I'm writing to follow up on our exchange last fall about the California Law Review's SSRN posting policy. After soliciting substantial input from the Boalt faculty and other parties, CLR's Board of Directors has decided to implement a new, experimental policy for next year's volume. CLR's contract will still require authors to remove working drafts from [SSRN Social Science Research Network] upon publication in the California Law Review. However, upon publication, CLR will also provide authors with .pdfs of their articles in their final worded forms and give authors the right to post these .pdfs on SSRN. The .pdfs may remain up indefinitely, so long as they and SSRN's search engines remain free and accessible to the general public.

This policy will preserve CLR's interest in ensuring that, after publication, readers access CLR-edited versions rather than earlier drafts, while enabling authors to maintain uninterrupted posting on SSRN. This policy does involve financial risk -- and a corresponding risk to CLR's historic independence -- and for now it is an experiment, one our Board will monitor and modify, if necessary, for later volumes.

If you have more thoughts or questions, please let me know.

Jean Galbraith
Editor-in-Chief
California Law Review
jeang AT boalthall.berkeley.edu


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