The Journal of Southern Religion has been open access since its first issue in 1998, meaning that anyone could read the journal for free online. This kind of open access is sometimes called gratis open access.
But now the JSR has increased its commitment to open access by releasing all of its content under the Creative Commons Attribution license. This means the journal is explicitly granting its users permission to copy, distribute, and use the journal in any way that you see fit. The kind of open access is sometimes called libre open access. For example, if you wanted to include an article in a course pack or a collection of essays, you now have permission to do so. The primary requirement is that you attribute the work to the author and journal. Of course, professional standards about fair use and citation still apply. For a fuller explanation you can see our policies page.