Authors’ Licenses

  • Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society: The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society exists to enable writers to collect fees that they would not otherwise be able to get. It is open to all writers working in all disciplines. It is international in scope but is based in the United Kingdom.
  • The ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) does not require a transfer of copyright, but instead requests a Licence to Publish, allowing the author to retain copyright.
  • The Authors Registry: Provides an automated rights payment system and other services
  • The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools seek to forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Their tools “give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.”
  • Evolutionary Ecology Research: This journal leaves copyright ownership with its authors.
  • LMS Journal of Computation and Mathematics (London Mathematical Society): Former Publication Agreement which left copyright with the authors and requested only a non-exclusive license from them.
  • Keep Your Copyrights, a database of many publishing contracts offered by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts, and the Center for Law and Technology at Columbia Law School.
  • National Writers Union
  • “Position Paper on Yale University Copyright Policy”: by Scott Bennett, University Librarian, Yale University
  • PLOS, the Public Library of Science, operates under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited.
  • Publication Rights Clearinghouse: A collective-licensing agency operated by the National Writers Union, the trade union for freelance writers. PRC’s first licensee is the CARL Corporation’s UnCover, owned by Knight-Ridder Information, Inc.
  • Sample of license/rights assignment from Author to Publisher: for paper given at a scientific congress. This license can be modified in various ways. Its basic language has proven acceptable to various publishers over the past 3 to 4 years, in lieu of a copyright transfer.
  • SURF Copyright Toolbox: The copyright toolbox is developed to assist authors and publishers to achieve a balance between granting maximum access to a journal article and financial compensation for the publisher. For sample author’s license, click on “authors” and then on “license to publish.”
  • Taylor and Francis, Author Services. Position on Copyright and Author Rights.
  • “Who Should Own Scientific Papers”Science, 4 September 1998: a Policy Forum written by “Transition from Paper”: a Working Group sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, funded by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
Last updated: April 9, 2012

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