January 28, 2022

Scholarly Publishing: CC-BY License Option Now Available on 42 Nature Publishing Group Journals

From a NPG Announcement:

NPG now offers authors a wider choice of journals using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and its publishing partners have today introduced the CC-BY license option on twenty-two further journals, including Nature Communications. Of the 61 NPG journals that are open access or have open access options, 42 now offer the choice of CC-BY as one of the options.

The Wellcome Trust and RCUK revised public access policies came into effect on 1 April 2013. These funders will require a CC-BY license when their funds are used to pay open access article processing charges.

Nature Communications will offer CC-BY licenses at an APC of $5200, for authors submitting manuscripts on or after 1 April. Two non-commercial CC license options remain available, and the APC for these has been reduced to $4800, from the current APC of $5000.

Twenty-one of the journals introducing a CC-BY option are published by NPG on behalf of publishing partners and either offer open access options, or are open access journals. They join Scientific Reports and the 19 NPG-owned academic journals that introduced CC-BY in 2012.

The partner journals that have introduced the CC-BY licence are: BoneKEy Reports, The ISME Journal, Emerging Microbes & Infections, European Journal of Human Genetics, Eye, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Cell Death and Differentiation, Cell Death and Disease, Cell Research, Genetics in Medicine, Heredity, Laboratory Investigation, Modern Pathology, Molecular Therapy, Molecular Therapy — Nucleic Acids, Light: Science & Applications, Spinal Cord, The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, Molecular Systems Biology and the British Dental Journal.

The CC BY license will be available to authors choosing open access publication options in these journals, in addition to the two non-commercial Creative Commons (CC) licenses currently on offer.

[Our emphasis] In addition, The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports and Molecular Systems Biology have adopted CC0 waiver for the release of published datasets and figure source data. CC0 allows unrestricted re-use of research data. Data available on nature.com’s linked data platform is also available under CC0.

Other NPG publishing partners are also considering introducing CC-BY in due course.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Additional NPG Open Access Information

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.