Author self-archiving and licensing policies of open access library and information science journals: a study

Singson, Mangkhollen ; Sevukan, R ; Murugaiyan, Malathi

Abstract

Examines self-archiving and licensing clauses of OA journals indexed in DOAJ and SHERPA/RoMEO databases. Findings of the study suggest that RoMEO codings of licensing policies are updated infrequently. The database does not provide all the necessary information in the licensing clauses. Creative Commons licensing ‘by-cd-nd’ is the widely used model. Majority of the journals (23%) permit post-print self-archiving. The most frequently appearing statement in the licensing clauses is "Publisher's version/PDF may be used".

Keyword(s)

Author self-archiving; Licensing clauses; Open access journals; Content analysis

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