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 […]
Despite the rapid pace of development, Open Access still needs to be promoted amongst scientists and researchers, as well as those who wish to use free access for research results. This is especially true since OA is variously defined and has consequently evolved in many different directions in the last few years. Therefore we strongly welcome any well-designed initiative to promote OA.
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.
Are you, or would like to become, a book author? Visit our other guides. Assumptions are dangerous, yet I will dare to make one here: if you are reading this post you are probably already convinced that publishing your research in open access is the way to go. This text, thus, is not going to be about the whys of Open Access; rather than preaching OA ideology to the (hopefully) already convinced choir, I will try to give authors some practical tips about things to think about and to do when publishing their books in the open access model. Choosing […]
Some time ago Social Science Space published an article by Robert Dingwall daringly entitled “Why Open Access is Good News for Neo-Nazis”, where the author spoke about Open Access in the same breath as about Nazis. So let’s check: are his theories valid in a way?