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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Code4Lib Journal adopts CC BY license

The Code4Lib Journal announced on June 23 that it had adopted the Creative Commons Attribution license for its articles. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) From the editorial:
... In order to facilitate the ability of our readers to build upon the ideas presented in the Journal, beginning with Issue 3 all articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. The CC-BY license lets you reuse, share, and build upon the work presented in the article, as long as you credit the author for the original creation. This licensing is required for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and to receive a SPARC Europe Seal. Code snippets included in the text are included under the CC-BY license. For other code included with an article, we recommend, but donít require, an open source license. We are contacting all authors with articles published in previous issues to request they license their previously published Code4Lib Journal articles under the CC-BY license. ...
Comment. The editorial is correct that the CC BY license is required to receive the SPARC Europe Seal for Open Access Journals. But it's not correct that the license is required for inclusion in the DOAJ: open licensing is not part of the DOAJ selection criteria.