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Routledge trials new author rights policy for LIS

For immediate release

Philadelphia, PA - Routledge, the social science and humanities 
imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, is pleased to announce a 
two-year pilot initiative for the library and information science 
research community, allowing contributors to its library and 
information science journals to retain the copyright to their 
work and to post it within their institutional repository without 
an embargo period.

This initiative applies to any of Routledge's 35 library and 
information science journals published from Taylor & Francis' 
Philadelphia office. Under this scheme, an author may post the 
peer-reviewed version of his or her article (although not the 
published pdf.) into their institutional or subject repository 
(although not commercial servers or for resale) immediately 
following publication, so long as the original place of 
publication is referenced and a URL link is made to the Version 
of Record on Routledge's website. To view a list of included 
titles please go to:


As the landscape of scholarly publishing evolves, Routledge is 
committed to exploring publishing models that suit customers' 
needs. This initiative is intended to measure the financial 
viability of dropping the postprint embargo period and to find 
sustainable ways of extending author rights. The Routledge 
library and information science journals collection is an ideal 
testing ground for this pilot, due to the commitment and talent 
of the editors working on these titles, along with the wide 
interest in institutional and subject repositories among the 
author community in this field.

Commenting on this initiative, Global Journals Publishing 
Director, Dr David Green, said:

"At Routledge we publish journals that define their fields, and 
we do this by listening and responding to our authors and 
editors. This same ethos exists in how we think about all stages 
of the journal publishing process; we have instigated this 
initiative in response to dialogue with authors and editors in 
the library and information science field. We are committed to 
exploring new models of making content available to the research 
community in ways that maintain quality and are fair to all, yet 
maintain sustainable and viable publications."

Routledge is a leading publisher of library and information 
science journals that cover a wide range of topics, from 
collection management to medical librarianship, cataloging and 
more, including Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, The 
Serials Librarian (incorporating the NASIG conference 
proceedings), Journal of Library Administration, Collection 
Management, and over 30 other titles.

For more information and a complete list of Routledge's 
librarianship journals, visit www.tandf.co.uk/libsite 

For more information please contact:
Victoria Wright, Communications Manager, Taylor & Francis Group 
e-mail: Victoria.Wright@tandf.co.uk