Journal article

Write up! A study of copyright information on library-published journals

19 Jul 2016
Description

Introduction: Libraries have a mission to educate users about copyright, and library publishing staff are often involved in that work. This article investigates a concrete point of intersection between the two areas - copyright statements on library-published journals. 

Methods: Journals published by members of the Library Publishing Coalition were examined for open access status, type and placement of copyright information, copyright ownership, and open licensing. 

Results: Journals in the sample were overwhelmingly (93%) open access. 80% presented copyright information of some kind, but only 30% of those included it at both the journal and the article level. Open licensing was present in 38% of the journals, and the most common ownership scenario was the author retaining copyright while granting a nonexclusive license to the journal or publisher. 9% of the sample journals included two or more conflicting rights statements. 

Discussion: 76% of the journals did not consistently provide accurate, easily-accessible rights information, and numerous problems were found with the use of open licensing, including conflicting licenses, incomplete licenses, and licenses not appearing at the article level. 

Conclusion: Recommendations include presenting full copyright and licensing information at both the journal and the article level, careful use of open licenses, and publicly-available author agreements.

Publication Details
Identifiers: 
DOI: 
10.7710/2162-3309.2110
Volume: 
4
Pagination: 
eP2110
Language: 
English
License Type: 
CC BY
Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
Published year only: 
2016
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