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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Leading Library Journal's Editorial Board Resigns Over Publisher's Copyright Policy

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the editorial board of the Journal of Library Adminstration, a leading publication in the area of library management, has resigned en masse over the publisher's copyright policy. The now former editor, Damon Jaggers, notes that Taylor and Francis, the publisher of the journal, did negotiate with reluctant authors who objected to its previous policy, but the new policy requires potential authors to ante up $3,000 to publish with the journal.  

Science Blogs reproduces the editorial board's resignation announcement here, along with some commentary. Below is the notification from the board.

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.

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