Scholarly Societies And Creative Commons Licenses

Diane PetersRoy KaufmanSue JoshuaDo you know your CC-BY from your CC-BY-NC-ND? As funders roll out mandates globally for Open Access archiving of public research, scholarly societies have a responsibility to understand the OA licensing options mean. No two licenses are the same. The one you choose should respect your author’s wishes and protect your journal’s future.

While scientists have shared access to networked archives since the 1970s, open access, as we understand it today, has only recently become a force remaking scholarly publishing. For publishers and societies, the OA movement is a direct challenge to longstanding business models of paid subscriptions. So-called article processing charges, however, have emerged as one leading way for publishers to recover the costs of publishing.

Society publishers, particularly, have watched all these developments keenly. In the new environment, there are many questions related to copyright and licensing. What are the pros and cons of different OA licenses? What options should you give your authors?

Joining CCC’s Chris Kenneally to discuss the implications and nuances of the licensing options are Sue Joshua, Legal Director, Global Research, Wiley; Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, CCC; and Diane Peters, General Counsel, Creative Commons.

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