Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Editorial board resigns from T&F journal to protest restrictive licensing

photo by Steve A Johnson
Wow! So proud of this editorial board!

"The entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration <http://goo.gl/fVdOR> just resigned to protest the restrictive licensing policy imposed by its publisher, Taylor & Francis. In negotiations, T&F offered a less restrictive license in exchange for a $2995 publication fee. The board found this unacceptable and resigned.

Here's the board's resignation statement, as quoted by Brian Matthews <http://goo.gl/UonnB>:

The Board believes that the licensing terms in the Taylor & Francis author agreement are too restrictive and out-of-step with the expectations of authors in the LIS community. A large and growing number of current and potential authors to JLA have pushed back on the licensing terms included in the Taylor & Francis author agreement. Several authors have refused to publish with the journal under the current licensing terms. Authors find the author agreement unclear and too restrictive and have repeatedly requested some form of Creative Commons license in its place. After much discussion, the only alternative presented by Taylor & Francis tied a less restrictive license to a $2995 per article fee to be paid by the author. As you know, this is not a viable licensing option for authors from the LIS community who are generally not conducting research under large grants. Thus, the Board came to the conclusion that it is not possible to produce a quality journal under the current licensing terms offered by Taylor & Francis and chose to collectively resign."

Please read the full post on Peter Suber's Google +: https://plus.google.com/109377556796183035206/posts/jCp3NaZGLy2:

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