January 25, 2022

Report: “Open Access: An Analysis of Publisher Copyright and Licensing Policies in Europe, 2020”

From SPARC Europe:

Today, SPARC Europe is releasing an anticipated new report: Open Access: An Analysis of Publisher Copyright and Licensing Policies in Europe, 2020.

This analysis, which presents the results of a research study that was completed in the summer of 2020, explores copyright and licensing practices amongst prominent journal publishers and OA publishers in DOAJ in Europe.

The work is a first – and offers new and valuable insights around what has been one of the most challenging barriers to advancing open: copyright. The study investigates copyright retention policy among publishers, self-archiving policies and records publisher policies on open licensing, also as relates to the Plan S requirements on rights and licensing. In the report, the authors go several steps beyond simply reporting on what they found; to help guide efforts aimed at more immediate OA, they also provide policy development guidance aimed at funders, institutions, publishers and their authors.

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49 pages; PDF.

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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.