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SOA Licenses for Journal Article Re-use

This page abridges the various licenses that apply to Scient Open Access journal content for the purposes of re-use. SOA journal articles are published under a variety of licenses and specific publication rights have been granted to the SOA by the authors of the published articles.

How to apply inventive Commons licenses to your work

Here are things that you need to consider if you want to start applying Creative Commons (CC) licenses to your journal and articles:

  • It is IMPORTANT before you start; you must be clear on whether you intend copyright to be retained by the author or whether it must be transferred to the journal. This will determine which license you choose and the wording you must display on each article.
  • Decide which license you want to use. Use Creative Common's simple and easy license chooser tool. Be sure to copy the HTML code that it generates.
  • Decide a realistic start date and volume/issue to publish CC licenses on the articles. We recommend that this is at the start of a new volume, or at the beginning of a year but can really be whenever you like.
  • It will rely abundantly on however straightforward it's to induce the licensing pictures and text into your articles.
  • If you use a manuscript submission system, you may want to configure it so that it adds CC license information to the content automatically.
  • Decide on how far back you want to apply the licenses. Will you apply them to older content at all?

We recommend that you add licensing information to all versions of your content. However, to answer yes to Question 45 in the SOA application form you need only do one of these.

Although the license on each article can link to terms on the inventive Commons website, you will need a page on your journal site that explains both the terms of the license you have chosen and the copyright terms you exert over the content. This page should be clearly written and simple to grasp for each authors and regular users. The page should even be straightforward to search out and should be coupled to from the journal's home page. If you publish quite one journal it ought to be coupled from each journal homepage.

What is the importance of embedding or displaying licensing info in article content?

When an open access article is published online, it isn't long before the content shows up in search engines like Google. When article metadata is uploaded to DOAJ, third party aggregator services like EBSCO, or library portals at academic institutions pick up the metadata for ingestion into their own products. The articles will appear in search results and people who access them will surf in directly from those results. They may transfer the PDF, save it and distribute it further without ever having visited your home page or Archive page, licensing page or copyright terms. At this point, the article is essentially orphaned from the journal or website where it was originally published.

The impact that this has is that people scan the content in isolation of the terms and conditions applied to the publication of that article. To combat this, article metadata and PDFs should include as much information as possible so that the reader of the article understands: where and when the article was published; what copyright applies to it; what they may do with the content. This last half is crucial so individuals mistreatment, reading, copying or building on the research in the article may do so without breaking the licensing terms. SOA recommends that you just show licensing info within the hypertext markup language read of the article - displaying a licensing emblem solely within the footer of the positioning isn't adequate- and on the PDF.

Creative Commons truly build a recommendation that licensing info is "embedded" within the hypertext markup language and PDF read of a piece. If you'd like further guidance on how to do this, use the Creative Commons license chooser which generates the correct code for you.

Current user license selection

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY): concurred users to copy, to create extracts, abstracts and new Researches from the Article, to alter and revise the manuscript, and to make commercial use of the Article (including utilise and/or merchandising of the Article by industrial entities), provided the user provides applicable credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), give a link to the license, indicates if changes were made and the licensor is not represented as declare the use made of the work.

Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivs 4.0 (CC BY - NC - ND): Allows users to copy, to create extracts, abstracts and new works from the Article, to alter and revise the manuscript, provided this is not done for commercial purposes, and that the user gives appropriate credit (a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, indicates if changes were made and the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work. Further, any new works should be created on the market on identical conditions.

Creative Commons Attribution -Non industrial – Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY - NC - SA): For non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts and other corrected versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text and data mine the manuscript, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, do not modify the article in such a way as to harm the author's honor or name, and license their new variations or creations underneath identical terms (CC BY Tar Heel State SA).

License agreement

In submitting a piece of writing to any of the journals printed by SOA I certify that;

  • I approved by my co-authors to enter into these arrangements.
  • I justify, on behalf of myself and my co-authors, that: the manuscript is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other magazine and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights;
  • I am/we are the co- author(s) of the article and have full authority to enter into this agreement and in granting rights to SOA are not in breach of any other contract; the manuscript contains nothing that is illegal, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy;
  • We have taken due care to ensure the honesty of the manuscript. To my - and presently accepted scientific - data all statements contained in it purporting to be facts area unit true and any formula or instruction contained within the paper will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.
  • I, and all co-authors, concurred that the article, if editorially accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. In line with SOA’s Open knowledge Policy, data contain in the paper shall be made available under the Creative Commons 1.0 Public Domain Dedication waiver, unless otherwise stated. If the law needs that the article be printed within the property right, I/we will notify SOA at the time of submission, and in such cases not only the data however conjointly the article shall be discharged below the inventive Commons one.0 Public Domain Dedication waiver. For the rejection of doubt it's declared that sections one and a pair of this license agreement shall apply and prevail in spite of whether or not the article is printed below Creative Commons Attribution License four.0 or the inventive Commons one.0 property right Dedication relinquishment.