We are extremely pleased to present a guest post by Diego Gomez, biologist and open access advocate who is facing criminal charges in Colombia. You can read more about Diego and his legal case at Electronic Frontier Foundation and Karisma Fundation websites. If you want to support Diego sign up the petition now. As a biologist and a conservationist, I have been particularly interested in ecology, statistics and geographic information systems. Since I have been linked to small regional universities with limited budgets, my interests have faced many restrictions. These universities cannot invest in the necessary resources and tools to […]
Copyright protection is one of the key issues facing an information society, and the question of licensing is taking on major dimensions. Licenses have to protect the interests of authors, while at the same time they must not impede the dissemination and progress of knowledge. Licenses are also undoubtedly a hot topic in the academic community, discussed at every occasion through surveys of academic authors and hundreds of posts and blog entries. Some of these discussions have shown that licensing issues share common problems of legal nature that are too complicated for non-lawyers, causing anxiety and consternation, with the consequence that scientists tend to underestimate their rights under the terms of a particular license. With a huge number […]
Today I would like to present an interview with Dr. Agata Morka, Product Manager of Open Access Books at De Gruyter Open, Art Historian and the creator of the O & A comics series. WK: The De Gruyter Open Access Books program was announced in 2011 (then, under the name of Versita). What are the results almost 3 years later? Agata Morka: The program was announced in autumn 2011, but it was in fact launched at the beginning of 2012 when we completed the recruitment of editors. Since then we have received a great number of high quality manuscripts that […]
Some Open Access advocates opt for permissive licensing of scientific works, in particular for the use of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. It allows republishing, translations and modifications, regardless of its purpose and without prior permission of the author. However, the work must be properly attributed. CC-BY is also mandated by some Open Access funders, such as the Wellcome Trust. Thus, some authors are obligated by funders to publish under the terms of this license. However, several Open Access publishers, including De Gruyter Open, use as default more restrictive licenses like Creative Common Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives. This […]
The publishers, who decide to issue journals or books in OA model, among other things, need to balance the level of openness and closure for their titles. Sometimes this goal is not easy to achieve. The case of the Journal of Library Administration perfectly illustrates this situation.
A researcher who decides to publish in Open Access, not only chooses a publishing model, but he also needs to choose one of the available copyright licenses for a published article/book. The question of copyright licenses is inseparable from Open Access publishing and it is discussed repeatedly in the scientific community.