[Oa-italia] Surf Foundation Publisher Policy Survey
Paola.Gargiulo a caspur.it
Mer 5 Mar 2008 01:26:39 CET
L'olandese Surf Foundation ha di recente pubblicato un'indagine rivolta a 47
editori tradizionali(non Open Access) relativa alle loro politiche sul
L'indagine chiede inoltre agli editori cosa ne pensino della licenza per
pubblicare (license to publish) che JISC e SURF hanno elaborato;
soprattutto cosa pensino dei principi affermati in questa licenza secondo
• l'autore ritiene il copyright del suo lavoro e concede all'editore i
diritti per la pubblicazione del lavoro
• l'autore puo' liberamente depositare l'articolo in un archivio di
ricerca(cosi' definito in inglese research repository) con embargo al
massimo di 6 mesi.
Un terzo degli editori intervistati in questo studio gia' permettono il
deposito negli archivi aperti (Vedi Romeo Sherpa) e la loro policy e'
compatibile con i principi della Licenza to Publish. Piu' o meno la stessa
precentuale usa una License to Publish invece che la cessione dei diritti.
Per chi vuole leggersi lo studio
Breve introduzione tratta dal sito di SURF
Traditional academic publishers on the move
Traditional academic publishers are on the move regarding their policies on
copyright and allowing the deposit of articles in a publicly accessible
repository and thus becoming freely available. This is the result of an
inquiry among a group of 47 traditional (non Open Access) publishers by
SURFfoundation. The study asked publishers if they support the Principles
formulated by SURFfoundation and JISC, regarding publishing an article in a
traditional journal. The conclusion is that more and more traditional
publishers support some or all of these Principles or are looking into
changes in their current policies in line with these Principles.
The Principles are an attempt to clarify and balance the relationship
between the rights of authors and publishers, ensuring wider access to
scholarly literature and bringing journals into compliance with a growing
number of funder requirements. The main characteristics of the Principles
• The author retains copyright of his/her work, while granting the publisher
the rights needed to publish the work
• The author may freely deposit the article in a research repository, with
an embargo before public release of maximum six months.
One third of the publishers in the study already have a repository policy
which is compatible with these Principles and the same amount of publishers
use a licence to publish instead of copyright transfer.
More and more organisations, like the Wellcome Trust and the European
Research Council, require that peer-reviewed publications are being
deposited in appropriate research repositories and made Open Access as soon
as possible, at least within 6 months of publication. In December 2007, the
ERC Scientific Council issued Guidelines for Open Access . With these
guidelines they state that the free and efficient access to the vast and
increasing quantities of information that result from scientific research
(both publications and the primary data they are based upon), is the key for
Publishers have to deal with these requirements and do so, more and more.
SURFfoundation and JISC have not only drafted the Principles, but also a
model Licence to Publish in order to help the traditional publishers of
journals and authors to move in the direction of open access.
Of course the SURF-JISC Licence to Publish is not the only model meeting the
Principles. It is only meant to serve as an example for traditional
publishers who do not yet provide open access. In addition, it is a tool for
authors who want to retain their copyright but do not know how to formulate
it or do not want too much trouble having to research the possible
Wim Liebrand, director of SURFfoundation states: “This is a promising
development. With the balanced approach JISC and SURF started, we attempted
to bridge the gap between the traditional publishers and the Open Access
movement. We hope many publishers will follow. We invite them to support the
Licence to Publish and its Principles”.
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