May 22, 2022

More Open Data! BioMed Central Adding Creative Commons CC0 Waiver To Copyright and Licensing Agreement

From the BioMed Central Blog:

The Creative Commons CC0 waiver will become part of the BioMed Central Copyright and License Agreement on Tuesday 3rd September. For articles submitted from this date, CC0 will apply to data in all articles published by BioMed Central or Chemistry Central journals.

So what do we mean by open data, what does the Creative Commons CC0 waiver cover, and why this is of interest to you?

Open data relates to the fact that the open communication of scientific research involves more than just the final results of research being published in an article in an open access journal.


Our updated Copyright and License Agreement will mean that the Creative Commons CC0 waiver applies to data (e.g. in tables and additional files, graphical data points, and bibliographic data). CC0 is data-specific, and the Creative Commons attribution license (CC-BY) will continue to apply generally to articles published in BioMed Central journals.


The change to our standard copyright license follows a public consultation we held in towards the end of 2012. Respondents to the consultation were six to one in favour of introducing the Creative Commons CC0 public domain waiver for data. As part of the consultation we also received a number of questions, such as the relevance for patient privacy or a potential effect on citations? We provide our answers in a new article published in BMC Research Notes.

See Also: Licensing the future: report on BioMed Central’s public consultation on open data in peer-reviewed journals (via BMC Research Notes)

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