MLA Commons, in addition to supporting a wide range of informal sites and discussion groups, offers a robust platform for more formal publications—both member-generated and those initiated by the association. Members who are interested in developing a project on MLA Commons are encouraged to start a site to solicit contributors and feedback and to share their evolving work with the MLA’s office of scholarly communication.
As part of its ongoing effort to foster open-access and collaborative models of publishing, the MLA has launched Literary Studies in the Digital Age, its first born-digital anthology, on MLA Commons. Edited by Kenneth M. Price, Ray Siemens, Dene M. Grigar, and Elizabeth Lorang, the open-access publication offers an overview of digital literary studies and aims to familiarize readers with tools and techniques used in this important and growing field. The anthology includes core essays that users can comment on, and members can submit essays and ideas for future iterations of the volume as well as upload drafts of their own work to the DLS Anthology group.
Profession carries articles that focus on the fields of modern languages and literatures as a profession. Topics include current intellectual, curricular, and institutional trends and issues as well as relevant public policy debates. Essays selected for the journal can be read with interest and profit by many, if not all, MLA members. Profession may be read for free by all; to comment, log in to MLA Commons with your member credentials.
Books in Development
The MLA’s office of scholarly communication is exploring a new mode of book development that takes advantage of the possibilities offered by the MLA Commons platform. Online networks such as MLA Commons have the potential to allow the collaboration and conversation involved in edited volumes to become dynamic, participatory, and transparent throughout a volume’s development, from the initial idea for the book to its publication. For more on this mode of book development, see “Developing New Book Projects on MLA Commons.” For more about the book publications program, visit the MLA Web site.
MLA Commons is home to a number of sites published by the MLA that highlight work going on throughout the association and news of interest to members.
Bookish (from the MLA office of scholarly communication)
The Trend (from the MLA office of research)