Copyright & Licenses – links and resources

Copyright can be used to lock up content or to free it – we promote freeing it! This collection of resources indicates relevant policies, license models and recommendations.

  • Copyright Toolbox: A resource from SURF in The Netherlands and JISC in the UK designed to allow a balance between granting maximum access to a journal article and financial compensation for the publication by the publisher of the article. Includes a model license to publish for use by authors.
  • How to use copyright wisely within scholarly communication: English version of SURF’s website about copyright in higher education
  • Author’s Rights, Tout de Suite : A description of author rights by Charles Bailey. It has a US-bias, but is a useful introduction to the importance of journal authors retaining their rights and a description of some of the tools available.
  • RoMEO Listing of Publisher Copyright and Self-archiving Policies: A database of copyright policies and attitudes towards self-archiving from over 500 publishers. Over 60% of publishers listed allow some form of self-archiving.
  • Journal Authors’ Rights: perception and reality: A paper from the Publishing Research Consortium that contrasts authors’ perceptions of their rights in their own work with those offered by publishers. An interesting paper, despite the suggestion that any mismatch between perception and reality is partly the fault of open access advocates! (March 2009)
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