License to Publish: promoting Open Access and authors’ rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities

A project to promote the principles of OA among scholars in the Nordic social sciences and arts and humanities

The Copenhagen University’s Library Information Services (CULIS), through the CULIS Knowledge Center for Scholarly Communication, started in 2009 a project entitled “License to Publish: promoting Open Access and authors’ rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities”, which aims at promoting the principles of Open Access among scholars in the Nordic social sciences and arts and humanities. Further information can be found at http://www.nordbib.net/Projects/License-to-Publish.aspx

The Licence to Publish has been translated into Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic. Nordbib (http://www.nordbib.net), a funding programme for research and development in the area of Open Access to scholarly and scientific information at a Nordic level, was interested in the opportunities that the Licence could offer to having a work published without taking the copyrights away from the author. The Licence to Publish offers authors a standard agreement in which the author does not hand over the copyright, but grants the publisher the right to publish the work while retaining the author rights as to use the work for other purposes.

You can find the licences at http://copyrighttoolbox.surf.nl/, a website that has been set up as a collaboration initiative of JISC (UK) and the SURFfoundation, Netherlands (http://www.surf.nl/); licences in Dutch, English, French and Spanish were already available.

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