Study on provisions in OA journals' licences

A study to examine which licences or licence provisions are used by OA and hybrid publishers

1 August 2012 - 1 August 2012,  00:00 - 00:00, 

The study intended to identify a ‘best practice' licence model framework and to formulate recommendations with respect to an OA licence structure, taking into account the commercial and non-commercial needs of authors as well as the publishers. The study was undertaken by Maverick Outsource Services Ltd.

This led to the following recommendations for an optimum licence in an open access journal:

  1. The author retains copyright;
  2. The author or rightholder grants to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to the work, and besides a licence to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any reasonable purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship;
  3. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository. This includes the permission as stated under 2, in a suitable standard electronic format;
  4. The copyright holder can retain the right to restrict commercial use if they wish;
  5. The copyright holder provides the publisher with permission to publish, subject to open accessibility of the work in online published form.

A summary of the findings can be downloaded below.

For a longer list of journals and the licences they use please see the list set up by Ross Mounce.

Key findings / outcome report download

Study into licences used by Open Access journals
1 August 2012

Study into licences used by Open Access journals

Purpose: Report

File type: PDF


A collaboration between

  • dfg
  • csc-it center for science
  • jisc
  • cnrs
  • surf
  • deff